ICC’s never-seen-before bat-tracking technology implemented for T20 World Cup 2021

ICC’s never-seen-before bat-tracking technology implemented for T20 World Cup 2021 ICC’s never-seen-before bat-tracking technology implemented for T20 World Cup 2021

The International Cricket Council is planning to adopt bat-tracking technology for the first time. The apex body notified the development on October 15, only days before the T20 World Cup 2021, which began on October 17 in Oman. 
 
“For the first time in cricket, we’ll also see tracking off the bat, which will be provided by Hawk-Eye in select matches, besides their ball tracking and edge detection services,” an ICC media release read.
 
Further, the viewers will be able to witness the proceedings from “stunning multi-angle spin around replay sequences from 4DReplay, facilitated in partnership with Star Sports [the official broadcasters of the tournament]” from the Super 12 phase, the release confirmed.
 
“The ICC TV production will see a minimum of 35 cameras at all venues. Viewers will be treated to state-of-the-art coverage which will include live player tracking and a dynamic field plot.”
 
The ICC revealed the coverage of the T20 World Cup in 2021 is the most extensive ever, with “nearly 10,000 hours of live coverage across linear and OTT channels from the ICC’s broadcast partners to fans in over 200 countries.
 
Nasser Hussain, Harsha Bhogle, Ian Bishop, Natalie Germanos, Sunil Gavaskar, Michael Atherton and Simon Doull, Russel Arnold, Anjum Chopra, Murali Kartik, Athar Ali Khan, Bazid Khan, Mpumelelo Mbangwa, Preston Mommsen, Danny Morrison, Mark Nicholas, Niall O'Brien and Alan Wilkins are among the celebrity commentators announced by the ICC.
 
Daren Sammy, a former West Indies captain, Dale Steyn, a former South African paceman, and Shane Watson, a former Australia opener, are among the commentators for the multi-team tournament. 
 
“Twenty20 cricket provides maximum thrills to fans and it’s no wonder that it is considered to be the vehicle for the growth of the game worldwide. Believe me, there are no easy games in this tournament and it has been nothing less than a dream for me to lift the trophy twice for my team. I still back the West Indies to defend their title but I really wish all the teams the very best. It will be a great pleasure being in the commentary box this time,” Sammy said.
 
Dale Steyn added: “It’s an honour to be part of the commentary team at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and a pleasure to be watching all the action from close quarters. The game has changed a lot in recent times and there is some really exciting talent out there waiting to make its mark. I am sure there are lots of explosive performances and close finishes in store. I can’t really pick a team to win it yet, and that is what makes the tournament all that more exciting – all the unpredictability, along with the anticipation.”