In one of those new innovations, the introduction of LED stumps has been brilliant. They are helping the umpires to check their run-out and stumping decision with ease compared to the previous wooden sticks. However, on the other side, they also got their Cons, especially, with the Zinger bails. Meanwhile, Shoaib Akhtar wants ICC to do something with it.
Well, in the last month, we came across three instances when LED stumps saw the wrong side of things. Unfortunately, Rajasthan Royals were the victims on two occasions. Firstly, it was against Chennai Super Kings and later, it was against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Now, the same scenario repeats in the ICC World Cup 2019. As Shoaib Akhtar said, we witnessed five instances in the tournament, where the ball hits the stumps but the Zing bails hesitated to come out of their groove.
This is the fifth Instance – Shoaib Akhtar
In his tweet, Shoaib Akhtar expressed that he never saw in his entire life that the bails failing to come out of their groove, especially, on 5 instances within 10 days of the time. The tweet was posted after David Warner dragged Jasprit Bumrah onto his stumps but bails didn’t come off.
Digging into his tweet, it read ”Today is the 5th instance of the ball hitting the stumps and bails not falling. 5th instance, WITHIN this World Cup. Whats going on?? In my entire life, i have not seen 5 instances like this, let alone in the space of 10 days or a tournament!!”
Today is the 5th instance of ball hitting the stumps and bails not falling.
5th instance, WITHIN this World Cup.
Whats going on?? 🤔🤔
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 9, 2019
Recently, we came across Michael Vaughan suggesting an interesting change to the rule. He wants batsman should be declared out if the LED light flashes. Even though if the bails fail to come out of their groove, Michael Vaughan wants the batsman to be adjudged as out if the bail flashes.
Well, it would be interesting to see how the International Cricket Council would counter this issue. With the game of cricket already becoming a batsman’s game, the rules need to be in favour of the bowlers.