Kevin Pietersen angered by ‘hurtful’ Hot Spot accusations
England player infuriated by reports suggesting bats have been tampered with
He recently outlined to The Observer his hopes that a new, more advanced piece of technology he has been developing with his English partner Alan Plaskett – which would allow the third umpire to access the more sensitive Snickometer in real time and therefore reduce the reliance on Hot Spot – will be approved by the ICC before the return Ashes series in Australia this winter.
“Manufacturers’ logos, such as metallic reflective stickers, can confuse Hot Spot, which is why the ICC is considering making them part of equipment regulations,” he admitted.I find the accusation quite funny,” Australia’s captain had said. “I can’t talk for everybody but if it is the case we are talking about cheating, I can tell you there is not one person in the Australian change rooms who is a cheat. That’s not the way we play cricket.I know no one is going to the extreme of saying put this on your bat because it will help you beat Hot Spot.
“I’ve used fibreglass facing on my bats since I got my first bat from Slazenger when I was 12. I used a fibreglass face on the bat because we couldn’t afford two or three or five or 10 cricket bats.
“Because modern bats are pressed and are soft, you put a cover on it to protect the bat and make it last longer. A lot of players use that since I’ve been playing cricket.
“I didn’t know there was such a thing you could do to hide nicking the ball on Hot Spot. I wouldn’t think it would make any difference. I’ve never heard of anyone doing it.”
Recent suggestions that India, who have been consistently sceptical about all forms of the DRS since its introduction around a decade ago, may now be ready to accept it would appear to be well wide of the mark.
Jagmohan Dalmiya, who recently took over as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India from N Srinivasan, told the Indian Express newspaper: “We will accept DRS when technology is foolproof. There’s nothing in between. They couldn’t fix the Duckworth-Lewis problem in 15 years, what guarantee do we have about an error-free DRS?
“The whole process is very complicated and confusing. And rather than solving the riddle, DRS creates more confusion in its present form.”