List of devices used by the Umpires in the Cricket?

Umpires of the cricket is like the judge in the court. Umpires givens the decisions by viewing the match and sometimes by using some devices. These devices includes Protective Shield umpire, The Light-o-meter, The Counter, Ball Gauge and Snick-o-meter.
Aug 14, 2019 11:54 IST
Protective shield in hand of umpire

As soon as the technological development is advancing the use of technology in the different sports is also increasing. The use of technology in the sports has increased the accuracy in the decisions taken by the match referee and umpires.

In this article we have explained devices used by the cricket umpires during a match.

1. The Counter

Before the invention of this devices the umpire used to have a set of 6 coins, stones or marbles for counting the balls in an over.The umpires used to transfer the coin or marble from one hand to other.

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But these days are gone and now a days umpires use “the counter” for the same purpose. There are various buttons on this device's each side and the umpire presses the button as soon as a ball is bowled and press the button of the over when an over is finished and another button in case of falling of wicket.

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2. Snick-o-Meter

This device is used by the third umpire to decide the appeal of the caught behind by the wicket keeper. The umpire uses slow motion television replay to determine whether the cricket ball touched the cricket bat or not.

The mice used inside the stumps records minute sounds made by the collision of the bat with ball, or the ball with pad, or the ball with the ground.
The third umpire take the decision after analysing the type of pattern produced by the snick-o-meter.

If there is a high spike in the pattern it indicates that the ball hit the bat, if the Snick-o-meter shows a thick spike in the pattern it means the ball might have hit the pad or the ground.

3. The Ball Gauge

When a ball lost its shape due to hard hitting/thrashing like the explosive batsman AB de villiers and Chris Gayle then the umpires use a ball gauge to check whether the ball is usable or not.

ball gauge

The ball is made to pass through the ring and if it does,it is considered usable and if it doesn't, it is replaced.

4. The Light-o-Meter

This device measures the light (in lumens) on the ground. This device is mainly used in the test matches.


If the umpire doubts that there is not sufficient light on the ground then he measures the light in the middle of the field (generally the pitch) and the outfield through The Light-o-meter.

This devices has created controversy in many test matches because there have been cases when the bowling team needs just one wicket on the last day to win the match, but measurement through this device given the power to umpire to stop the match due to bad light and match ends in a draw.

5. The Protective shield

This is one of the most sought after device used by the umpires. Protective Shield is tied on the hand of the umpire to himself from any destructive shot. It is made of clear Perspex. The umpire can use this shield to save himself because he faces balls coming harder and faster all the time.

6. Walkie-Talkie

This is just like a mobile phone in our hands. Walkie-talkie; (name refer to walk and talk) is used by the on-field umpires to communicate with the match referee third umpire.

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Walkie-Talkie allows umpires to hear any sound from the microphone attached to the stumps. The umpire asks to the third umpire about the boundary or any suspicious catch or any other decision like run out and stumping.

So these were some interesting devices used by the cricket umpires to take a right decision and even to protect themselves from the destructive shots. We hope this article must satisfy many curiosity of the readers.

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