Cricket, as we have talked about for the past few days, has been transformed by technology. There is merely anything left in the game that is not technology power. Even the performance analysis of the players is something done by a computer. There are videotapes watched over and over again to draft a plan against the oppositions. Everything in the game was changing over the years. The clothes players wore, the gears they used and the bats, the balls and even the shoes were getting a technological tweak. However, there was one thing that was untouched and remained as it was since the inception of the game; the wickets.
Wickets, or commonly known as stumps and bails are the most important part of cricket. The bowler is aiming at taking the wickets, that is to disrupt the stumps and the batsman is guarding its wickets and that is what the game is all about. It is about saving and taking the wickets. The rule is simple if the ball hits the wicket and the bails come out of the groove then the batter is out. Apart from this, if the batter is running a run and is out of the crease and the bails are whipped from its groove completely, then the batter is out. Now, to make out if the bail is out of the groove or not is very hard. Till 2013, it was done completely by the umpires and there were fine margins, where the benefit of the doubt was given to the batter or the bowler depending upon the soft decision given on the field.
However, in 2013, the world of cricket was introduced to Zing wicket system. This is fairly simple to understand, instead of the traditional wooden stumps and bails, the stumps are made of composite plastics with embedded LED lights. These LED lights flash when the bail is completely out of the groove that is both its ends are untouched by the groove. They light up at 1/1000th of the second. This takes place with the help of a microprocessor. There are very low voltage batteries hidden instructed by the microprocessor which is programmed accordingly.
The microprocessor understands when the bail is not in contact with the stump and the batteries send necessary voltage to the LED which lights up. This happens in a 1/1000th second. The stumps light up when the microprocessor sends a radio signal.
These stumps can be knocked, vibrated and rained but they will only light up when they come off the grooves they sit comfortably in. This technology was developed by Bronte Eckermann from Australia who was a grade cricketer. Eckermann got the idea from a daughter’s toy which was of the shape of the bail. The stumps and bails are very expensive and the tradition of players taking the stumps home after the win has been broken. The players are now, not allowed to take the stumps home.