‘Hot Spot’ camera shortage for 2011 World Cup cricket matches

August 5th, 2010 - 1:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Aug 5(ANI): The ‘Hot Spot’ infrared imaging technology is likely to assist umpires only in the final stages of the 2011 World Cup due to a shortage of cameras.

A Melbourne-based firm, BBG Sports, which provides the technology, said that it has only four Hot Spot cameras, which would limit it to providing the technology for only the quarterfinal stage onwards.

Under the Umpire Decision Review System, off-field umpires assist their onfield colleagues - through Hot Spot - on whether the batsman had edged the ball or not.

BBG Sports chief Warren Brennan said that he had already informed the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the issue.

Brennan said than an additional eight to 10 Hot Spot cameras were needed to cover all of the 50 World Cup matches, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The World Cup is being jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in February and March.

Meanwhile, an ICC spokesperson admitted that it was aware of the shortage and was in discussions with BBG.

The spokesperson also said that Hot Spot cameras were “desirable”, but not a requirement at this point.

The ICC’s minimum requirements for the referral system includes ball-tracking technology (Hawk-Eye), super slow-motion cameras and a clean audio feed from the stump microphone. (ANI)

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