I would like to include 5 major point in terms of technology advancement in cricket over the time as a boon.
1) Media coverage-The World Cup has grown as a media event with each tournament. The International Cricket Council has sold the rights for broadcasting of the 2015 Cricket World Cup for US$2 billion to ESPN Star Sports and Star Sports.
The Official ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 App is available free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad or iPod and also on all android devices.
The App will provide access to the new ICC Match Centre that will keep fans abreast of the live action with the fastest source of live scores and ball-by-ball commentary. It will also contain video highlights and the most important moments of the match that will ensure that those who haven’t caught the action live on television, will not miss out on anything. The video highlights will include all the dismissals, the magic moments, the big innings, the best dismissals and the post-match press conferences.
3)Social sites(Facebook/twitter etc)-When it comes to global measurement on Facebook, Australia rates poorly, while India is top contender. According to new figures, 36 million people have generated 341 million interactions between January 1 and February 28 on Facebook about the Cricket World Cup, and the Australians seem to be one of the least favourite teams people want to discuss about.
4)Inside cricket field-
a)Third Umpire-The third umpire is equally qualified, and sits off the ground with access to TV replays of certain situations (such as disputed catches and boundaries) to advise the central umpires.
b)Decision Review System (DRS)-Players are allowed to challenge decisions made by the on-field umpires, and have them referred to the TV official. For each innings of the Test, each team can challenge any decisions, though they will be limited to three unsuccessful challenges per innings. Only the batsman on the receiving end of the umpire’s original decision or the captain of the fielding side can appeal by making a “T” sign with both forearms at shoulder height. The third umpire uses the technology of the hot spot and slow motion replays at different angles to gain information and make decisions.
- Hawkeye - A computer system first used in 2001 for showing the path of a cricket ball. It is a commonly used and is an indispensable tool for cricket commentators around the world to confirm the umpires decisions. It is used as part of the DRS for adjudicating LBW decisions.
- Snick-o-Meter -
a very sensitive microphone located in one of the stumps, which can pick up the sound when the ball nicks the bat. This technology is only used to give television audiences more information and to show if the ball did or did not actually hit the bat. Unfortunately at this stage the umpires do not get the benefit of hearing 'snicko', though a Real-time Snickometer is being developed to supplement Hot Spot technology