ICC won't change bails after World Cup wicket problems

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2019

The drama hasn't been limited to the Cricket World Cup, with another incident occurring during England women's one-day worldwide against the West Indies on Sunday, as Tammy Beaumont escaped when Afy Fletcher's delivery firmly struck her off stump.

Although some minor alterations were made back in 2015, including ones to the shape and depth of the grooves on the stumps and the flexibility of some of the materials inside, the Zing system have not been modified since, and have been used at all International Cricket Council events, including the Champions Trophy here in 2017, as well as the Indian Premier League, Australia's Big Bash and our own Vitality Blast tournament, in the interim.

The manufacture of Zing bails admits he's "stumped" by the spate of non-dismissals at this year's World Cup, but insists his product can't exclusively be blamed. We wouldn't change anything mid-event as that provides an advantage.

"We wouldn't change anything mid-event as it would compromise the integrity of the event - the equipment is the same for all 10 teams across all 48 games", the ICC was quoted as saying by SkySports. David Warner became the latest batsman to enjoy the good fortune, when he chopped Jasprit Bumrah first ball to the stumps only to find the bails remain stubborn.

Australian Finch called it hard and unfair after having suffered at least five times.

Chris Gayle (on 5, made 21) v Mitchell Starc - Gayle is given out caught behind but he reviews immediately. "This is not something which you expect at the global level".

"Yeah, I think so".

But one of the innovators of the Zing Stumps and Bails has claimed that nothing has been done to the bails that have been part of over 1000 games (since 2012). "These are not your medium-pace bowlers", the Indian captain said.

Archer's Rajasthan Royals were on the receiving end once more when Chris Lynn inside-edged into leg stump and the lights came on, bowler Dhawal Kulkarni's infuriation increased as the ball zipped to the boundary.

"I am sure no team would like to see stuff like that when you actually bowl a good ball and then you don't get the guy out", India captain Virat Kohli said after the match. The ball hits the stump and the lights don't come on, or the lights come on and the bail comes back on to the stump. "I haven't seen that happen so many times in the past", the skipper added. Finch believes it is high time the ICC acted on it, lest it affects the course of a semifinal or final. It wasn't - we were on the right end of it today, but I think going forward, you want - it's a bit unfair at times, isn't it.

"Given the frequency of the bails not coming off, the DRS should predict if the bails would fall or not even if the ball is shown to be hitting the stumps by Hawk-Eye in the lbw referrals", the official said, obviously being critical of the Zing thing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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