ICC considering using Snicko in Australia

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The ICC are considering adding sound technology Snicko to the Decision Review System for the Ashes series in Australia at the end of the year, says chief executive David Richardson.

The ICC are considering adding sound technology Snicko to the Decision Review System for the Ashes series in Australia at the end of the year, says chief executive David Richardson.

With DRS causing much controversy during the Ashes in England, where from the Hot Spot system failing, or umpires making mistakes, the ICC are keen to make sure errors are ruled out as much as possible.

Snicko is not part of DRS at the moment, with only TV viewers able to use it but not the third umpire. The system shows an edge graphically if the noise is picked up by the stump microphone, and would need to be used in conjunction with visual aids.

Richardson told the <i>BBC</i>'s Sportsweek radio show about the changes being considered: "Snicko will probably be the first bit of technology introduced – it's always been reliable.

"There are different types of Snicko used around the world but the one that was used in this series [by broadcasters] is what they call a real-time Snicko.

"Without getting too technical it's quite an involved process to make sure the sound gets to you at the same time [as the TV pictures] and is synchronised perfectly with where the ball is."

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