Spidercam to be used in World T20: ICC

Mumbai, Jan 28 (IANS) The Spidercam aerial camera will be used during the World Twenty20 scheduled to be played in India from March 8 to April 3, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson said on Thursday, adding that it will not disturb the game.

During the recent fifth and final India-Australia One-Day International (ODI) at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 23, Virat Kohli’s boundary-bound shot struck Channel Nine’s Spidercam and was ruled a dead ball, costing India four runs.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni later criticised the use of the Spidercam and said television networks should be fined $2,000 every time such mishaps occurred.

Former South Africa cricketer Richardson stressed that the camera won’t disturb the game.

“Yes, we are going to use spidercam during the World Twenty20 in India. We will make sure it does not interfere with play. We have guidelines for its usage,” Richardson said at a promotional event here.

The 56-year-old said the pitches in the tournament will be made in such a way that will display an attacking brand of cricket.

“As far as we are concerned about preparations of pitches, we want to make sure pitches are fast. We want to encourage attacking brand of cricket with the bat or the ball. We are very confident that in World T20 we will witness attacking and entertaining brand of cricket of the highest quality,” Richardson concluded.

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