The stumps will literally light up tonight at the KFC T20 Big Bash League with a world-first innovation of LED stumps and bails that ignite when dislodged.
The innovation has been designed to enhance the in-match experience for fans at the games and during broadcast on FOX SPORTS, adding to the fun and excitement that is BBL.
The Zing Wicket System, created by South Australian manufacturer Zing International, have a sensor in the bails that can determine within 1/1000 of a second when the wicket is broken. Once the wicket is broken the bails instantaneously flash bright red LED lights and then send a radio signal to the stumps which also ignite. They are powered by low voltage batteries in each of the bails and also in stump.
Big Bash League Senior Manager Anthony Everard said: “These light-up stumps are all about enhancing the spectator experience during BBL matches and ensuring that the BBL remains highly entertaining for the fans.
“This is exciting to have a world-first product being used in the KFC T20 BBL.
“The stumps do not have any effect on the playing conditions nor will they be used in any part for umpire decisions” he added.
David Ligertwood, co-developer of the Zing wicket system is thrilled to finally see the wickets in action.
“As a kid, nothing was more exciting to me than watching and playing cricket. Upon reflection we thought we'd combine the fun of technology with our love of sport and create something that would not only be spectacular for fans at the match, but also those watching in broadcast.
“Our initial idea was for the bails to light-up when dislodged, though this since evolved to the stumps as well as they are able to contain more LEDs and enhance the experience.
“Falling wickets is part of what the BBL is all about and this only adds to the excitement.
“The BBL is the perfect fit for our product and we can't wait to see them in action,” he added.
The technology and testing for the light-up stumps has been in development for almost three years and in a world-first, they will be used at BBL matches across the summer starting on December 7.
KFC T20 BBL matches this weekend
• BIG MELBOURNE DERBY – Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, Etihad Stadium, 7pm
• BIG SYDNEY DERBY – Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder, SCG, Saturday 8 December, 7pm
• Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, Gabba, Sunday 9 December, 5pm
• Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers, The Furnace, Sunday 9 December, 6pm
All times local
Prices for BBL|02 have again been set to ensure the league continues to offer an affordable night out. A general admission family ticket (2 adults and 2 kids) is priced from just $42.50. Individual general admission tickets are also great value, priced from just $20 for an adult, $5 for a child and $12 for a student. All prices are inclusive of GST.
Memberships for all teams are also on sale, so fans can secure the best seats in the house and other benefits for the entire season. Fans are encouraged to either buy memberships or pre-purchase individual tickets to assist with quick entry into venues to avoid missing the action.