What is Smart ball – a new ball that delivers data on the run: The progress made so far in the world of cricket is truly remarkable. There is a tendency for people to improve the technical aspects of cricket day by day, just as they focus on the best for the players. If a cricketer gets a good bat and ball, it helps him to perform well. Therefore, work is in full swing to improve the quality of cricket materials on which the game depends.
In cricket, The Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) is a technology-based system that assists match officials in decision making. The real decision-maker is Umpire (on-field or off-field), who reviews the cricketing material. Only if he responds positively the game moves forward.
There are perfect players in the cricket world who have the best potential. Research is underway to provide them with the best resources. The concept of a smart ball is currently under discussion during this process. According to experts, introducing a Smart ball in the game of cricket could revolutionize the analysis and critical decisions during cricket matches. So let’s learn more about smart balls.
What is Smart Ball?
Smart Ball is a ball in which an electronic chip has embedded. It’s a Kookaburra Ball developed by an Australian Company named Sportcor. The former Australian bowler Michael Kasprowicz is the chairperson of Sportcor.
The sensors get activated in it when it comes in contact with the bowler, fielder, wicketkeeper, or the boundary line. The ball contains a chip inside that records the bowling speed. It measures the speed of the ball from the moment it releases and touches just before it hits the crease. It also records the speed of the ball after hitting the pitch.
All the data transmitted to the chip inside the ball is accessed via an application on mobile or laptop.
Making of Smart Ball
The manufacturing process of the “smart ball“ includes a chip wired into a round socket that is incorporated into a small round-shaped object that looks like a normal ball wrapped with layers of leather and rubber with professional stitching.
Issues with using Smart Ball
Introducing and using smart balls is a little bit challenging, as, the first challenge to use Smart balls is its cost. The price of developing a microchip is a little expensive.
Its durability is a very big issue. No one can predict for how long it will be last as the batsman continues to hit the ball. The longevity of the ball during the course depends on the battery of the microchip. It lasts for eight hours. But if the match extends, it could be difficult to use.
Currently, the smart ball is in its testing phase. It’s not released for all the matches.
It was introduced in the Caribbean Premier League 2021 for initial testing purposes and now it is considered to be used in the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League. In the world of Cricket, a ball with brain concept is getting high attention and most appealing to the audiences.