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3 Top reasons why ICC did not use 'Hotspot' as part of DRS

February 13, 2015 14:47 IST

The chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) has defended the decision of not to use the Hotspot technology as part of the Decision Review System (DRS) during the World Cup, as he claims that it sometimes creates confusion.

Indian supporters in the crowd hold up a sign about the DRS

Indian supporters in the crowd hold up a sign about the DRS. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

1. The ICC have had plenty of fires to put out of late, but boss Dave Richardson has claimed that they've worked tirelessly to ensure the off field issues don't overshadow the cricket at the Cricket World Cup, one such being the Hotspot technology.

2. Richardson claimed that the ICC were as well prepared as they've ever been to deal with corruption within the game as well as sledging, chucking, security and why Hotspot would not be used at the tournament starting on Saturday.

There are reportedly not enough of the cameras needed to use the Hotspot technology for the entire tournament, but it was offered for the knockout stages of the event. However, organisers opted not to use it for the seven knockout matches in favour of consistency.

Richardson said that the vastly improved Real Time Snicko proved a really effective tool.

3. The ICC boss revealed that Hotspot is brilliant when it comes to ball touching glove, but claimed that the faint edges on the bat sometimes it doesn't pick up and that can create confusion.

Richardson said that with Real Time Snicko, he is confident that they would get all the edges. He said that it's much better than it was; the third umpire is able to watch a multi-screen shot with synchronised camera angles so when one sees the little graphic mark that Snicko makes, they would be able to see whether that mark occurs at the same time the ball is passing the bat.

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