Thursday, December 13, 2012

Zing Stumps and more

Zing Stumps are the new IN thing at Big Bash 2012. As seen in the photo, the stumps light up when the bails are dislodged. 
I wasn't surprised to see the Zings, as they are called, in the Big Bash. After all, it was the Australian Cricket Board which first experimented with coloured clothing (thanks to Kerry Packer) that we now take for granted. Then was the use of floodlights, under which the 1992 world cup was played.
In 2006, the hotspot was also used for the first time in Australia during the Ashes. Flashing stumps are the latest addition to the list of innovations.
Moreover, Zings are not the only new technology being used this year in Big Bash. There are other smaller additions like the FoxKopter camera and helmet cameras. To be honest, I'm not a fan of different camera angles but the stumps seem to be an additional entertainment. Their purpose is to help stumping decisions but they surely will add to the cricketing flavor.