Mar 10, 2007

Umpires to use hearing aids

And not as a health benefit from the ICC! They will be using hearing aids to identify faint edges. Accurate? No. Helpful? Perhaps.

ICC General Manager (Cricket Operations) Dave Richardson on Friday said the technology, which was first tried in the 2004 Champions Trophy, would help umpires’ decision-making in the noisy matches. “It will help the umpires to hear the faintest of snicks even when the stands are full and noise is being generated,” he said.

Oh well. Why not just allow them to refer it upstairs and have all the technology in the world available with the third umpire to make the right decision? But then that’s the ICC…

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