Technology in cricket

For a game as steeped in tradition as cricket is, the question of how much to rely on technology is a perennial - and at certain points over the years has proved an increasingly complex one, as new technologies have been unveiled. The Decision Review System, introduced in 2008, took about a decade to gain widespread acceptance - if not always trust and support across the board among players and administrators.


Seven ways to improve T20, starring high-res cameras, shared meals, and more
Seven ways to improve T20, starring high-res cameras, shared meals, and more

The format is evolving, but not fast enough in some areas

Tech it and go
Tech it and go

Cricket is back in our lives and on our screens and we have a century of technological innovations to thank for it

Turning up the stump mics isn't the way to deal with sledging
Turning up the stump mics isn't the way to deal with sledging

The ICC says it will help viewers feel part of the action, but they are actually trying to tackle verbal abuse - which needs to be dealt with in other ways

The high-tech game
The high-tech game

Technology influences various aspects of cricket today, and that is only set to increase in the years ahead

Why Steven Smith wasn't given the benefit of doubt in Sydney
Why Steven Smith wasn't given the benefit of doubt in Sydney

Technology, despite all its advantages, can't provide the three-dimensional view that umpires have

Ready, headset, go!
Ready, headset, go!

Facing virtual deliveries could soon become part of players' training and acclimatisation routines

The art of the review
The art of the review

All teams use the DRS, but some teams (and players) use it better than others

An arm sleeve that tells you if you're chucking
An arm sleeve that tells you if you're chucking

A team of Pakistani engineers has developed a wearable piece of technology that measures elbow flex in bowlers in real time

Margins, morality, and the many collapses of 2016
Margins, morality, and the many collapses of 2016

A look at the top cricket trends of the year: slippery Test batting, Bangladesh's assertiveness, umpire calls, ball-tampering, and a captain called Kohli

How about penalising umpires if they get two decisions wrong every 80 overs?
How about penalising umpires if they get two decisions wrong every 80 overs?

Players are only allowed to make two unsuccessful referrals for nearly an entire Test match day. How about subjecting the officials to a similar rule?

Is a catch still a catch if grass grazes the ball?
Is a catch still a catch if grass grazes the ball?

Cricket has plenty of grey areas that can't be addressed by technology or clarified by the laws

When will we see uniform application of the DRS everywhere?
When will we see uniform application of the DRS everywhere?

Administrators have their work cut out in ensuring a level playing field when it comes to technology, and also in streamlining the fixtures calendar

India to use DRS for England Tests
India to use DRS for England Tests

India have agreed to use DRS for the Test series against England on "trial basis" to "evaluate the improvements made" in the system

Television killed the umpiring star
Television killed the umpiring star

What the new umpire's-call rule says about the role of the officials

South Africa-Ireland ODI first to feature new DRS
South Africa-Ireland ODI first to feature new DRS

The one-day international between South Africa and Ireland will be the first match to feature the new DRS protocols which will lead to more lbw decisions being given

The problem with upholding the umpire's call
The problem with upholding the umpire's call

The purpose of arriving at correct decisions using the DRS is undermined by the need to not undermine the umpire's authority

Hawk-Eye app to end club disputes?
Hawk-Eye app to end club disputes?

Paul Hawkins hopes to end arguments about walking in the amateur game with his latest invention

Bring back the back-foot no-ball law
Bring back the back-foot no-ball law

Given how front-foot line calls are tougher than they look, this change would allow the umpire more time to focus on decisions after the ball is delivered

When entertainment becomes intrusion
When entertainment becomes intrusion

Broadcasters' desire to get in players' heads for the sake of good TV is beginning to affect game play

Anatomy of the Lyon howler
Anatomy of the Lyon howler

A behind-the-scenes look at one of the more controversial DRS calls of recent times underlines the need for umpires to work closely with the providers of the technology involved