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Sharda Ugra

February 5, 2011

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Umpire Tony Hill signals for a review of Shivnarine Chanderpaul's lbw decision, West Indies v England, 1st Test, Kingston, February 6, 2009
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Hot Spot will not be part of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) that will be used during the 2011 ICC World Cup, reducing the system to its basic requirements: a ball-tracker (in this case Hawk-Eye), a super slow-mo camera and a 'clear' stump microphone.

In October 2010, the ICC had announced that the Hot Spot cameras would be used in the semi-finals and final of the World Cup, to be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from Feb 19 to April 2. An ICC spokesman, however, confirmed to ESPNcricinfo on Saturday that, "the supplier of the Hot Spot technology advised that it was not willing to supply its cameras for the tournament so, accordingly, they will not be used at any stage in the tournament. The use of these cameras is not a minimum requirement for the DRS."

While the Hot Spot cameras are not a minimum requirement of the UDRS, they are thought to provide among the most accurate images of the contact between ball and bat, or pad, using infrared thermal imaging. The owners of the Hot Spot technology, Melbourne based BBG Sport, were unwilling to comment on their decision.

The Hot Spot infrared cameras form part of military hardware used in jetfighters, tanks and warships, and they fall under the category of restricted equipment which, it is believed, needs a temporary export licence from the Australian Defence Department whenever they are taken out of the country. Part of that licence includes the return of the cameras to Australia within a seven-day period after the end of the event in which they are being used. An ICC spokesperson however said that the ICC was "unaware of the Australian government regulations to this effect."

The cameras were first brought into India during the 2009 Champions League Twenty20 event. It is possible that the logistical hurdle of moving the cameras, which are both expensive and sensitive security equipment, in and out of Sri Lanka and India could have led to the decision. India remains the only country in cricket that has not accepted the UDRS. Ironically, the only part of UDRS technology basket that is considered by the Indians to be the most trustworthy is the Hot Spot camera.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by sourav on (February 7, 2011, 11:46 GMT)


Posted by Dummy4 on (February 7, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

UDRS isn't needed to eliminate umpires' HUMAN errors; they get cancelled out in most cases, unless they occur at a crucial stage. No, UDRS is needed to counteract biased howlers. In most cases such howlers don't even need the hotspot to disprove them, though its a good weapon to keep in one's armoury ofcourse. If the referral option was given to the umpires instead of the players, it would just kill the purpose of using UDRS. Just attaching wings doesn't an angel make. Similiarly, the integrity of the umpires should be challenged as well. And whatsmore, UDRS makes us appreciate and admire the likes of Aleem Dar even more, when we see the close decisions he gets right.

Posted by John on (February 7, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

@master_blaster1988, no it does not. Read that section again, it says the ICC SAID that they would be used, but now they are not. - From the article: "the supplier of the Hot Spot technology advised that it was not willing to supply its cameras for the tournament so, accordingly, they will not be used at any stage in the tournament."

Posted by M on (February 7, 2011, 7:01 GMT)

so India couldn't oppose this time to use UDRS...

Posted by Sanjiv on (February 7, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

If this technology is going to survive, it needs to be used in the largest cricketing economy. So there is somthing greater than commercial reality pulling the manufacturer's strings.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 7, 2011, 1:12 GMT)

@master_blaster1988 - article says they were planning on using it for the finals, but now they won't...

Posted by Trevor on (February 6, 2011, 22:33 GMT)

@Something witty - It says in the article that the hot spot will be used in the semi's and final.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 6, 2011, 22:11 GMT)

@hands323 Well I think you own some kind of news channel which only reports you.ESPN brought the HotSpot technology to India during the inagural Champions league in 2009 and there were no hassles at that time.ESPN had to procure these equipments for this world cup with the help of ICC but the suppliers pulled the plug.So what bureaucracy has to do with this decision?CWG is a different ball game but I am not sure about equipments from other countries being stranded in Indian airports.

Posted by Paul on (February 6, 2011, 21:27 GMT)

Hey maddy20. Look at organisational debacle that was the Delhi Commonwealth Games, look at the stadium troubles of this current World Cup and you can see the country we shouldn't be banking on. With this level of incompetence, added to the fractious relationship with neighbouring Pakistan, is it any wonder they're unwilling to let sensitive defence technology into this country?

Posted by V.L on (February 6, 2011, 19:06 GMT)

@zimbos_05 Which technology are you referring to? last time I checked snicko was invented by a British engineer and so is snickometer. The best part is these technologies were freely available for any cricket board willing to use them.Please enlighten me if you think otherwise. I am sure the ICC will consider other sources for hotspot after the worldcup.

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