Hawk-Eye to be used in Quadrangular Series

A file photo of Oman cricket team and officials celebrating the team’s title triumph in ICC WCL Division Three at Amerat in November last year

Sports fans in the sultanate are all set for a high-class cricket treat when the Oman Quadrangular T20I Series will be held at the picturesque Amerat ground from February 13-17.

The tournament involves Test-playing Ireland along with hosts Oman, the Netherlands and Scotland,  and has been given an international series status by ICC, the world governing body.

It is the first time that Oman will be hosting a Test-playing nation.

The series and efforts of Oman Cricket has drawn the attention of the Dubai-based ICC, which is sending a high-powered delegation for the series.

Upbeat on the forthcoming series, Pankaj Khimji, senior Oman Cricket (OC) board member told Muscat Daily, “It is going to be a huge jump for us to host the Quadrangular Series.

“And in another first for Oman, the series here will see the use of Hawk-Eye’s cricket technology by the ICC.”

However, he clarified that the series will not have the provision of Decision Review System (DRS).

Elaborating further, Khimji said that series was ‘conceptualised during the ICC summit in Edinburgh in Scotland but was finalised during the ICC annual conference last year in Dublin’.

“Scotland had put the whole thing together and Ireland and the Netherlands expressed interest. It was then we thought of a quadrangular series, which is sure to be a precursor for many more to come,” said Khimji.

He added, “With the ICC sending the match-referees, umpires and the chief development officer also arriving, it is clear that the ICC has been impressed with us hosting the Quadrangular Series.”

Khimji said, “ICC is keen that Associate nations engage among themselves to organise such tournaments.

“With weather being harsh during these times in Europe, Oman provides a perfect getaway for the teams with world-class facilities on offer.

“Also, we can think of another window during the September-October period when European teams travel ahead of the season to sub-continent or Down Under.”

The senior OC board member, who is also an Asian Cricket Council official, said, “We have had very good wickets during the ICC WCL Division Three and we would like to give our players and the wickets rest during summer.

“We promise the visiting teams very good wickets to play upon and top-class hospitality.”

Following the Quadrangular Series, Scotland will play three 50-over-a-side games with the hosts from February 19-22.

In November last year, Oman had successfully hosted the six-nation ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division Three and capped the hosting by emerging as champion and promotion to Division Two, which will be held in Namibia in April.

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About Hawk-Eye

Hawk-Eye cricket technology has been used by host broadcasters at major Test, ODI and T20 matches around the world since 2001. In 2008, Hawk-Eye’s LBW detection system was approved for use by the ICC and added as part of the official Decision Review System. The technology was developed in the UK by Dr Paul Hawkins. It uses six specially placed cameras around the ground to track the path of the ball, from when it was released from the bowler’s hand right up until when it’s dead. The images captured by the camera are then turned into a 3D image by a special computer to show how the ball will travel on an imaginary pitch. It can track any types of bounce, spin, swing and seam. And it is about 99.99 per cent accurate.

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