Hot Spot inventor urges ICC to ban `protective` coatings on bats to avoid `cheating`

London, Aug 10 (ANI): The inventor of the controversial Hot Spot technology of the Decision Review System (DRS) had reportedly urged the ICC to ban all protective coatings on bats following the controversy over batsmen possibly using silicone tape to prevent edges being detected.

According to the Guardian, Warren Brennan, who adapted Hot Spot technology for cricket and runs the company supplying the system, late on Friday night broke his silence, claiming that the majority of bats had some form of protective coating, although this coating would cover only half the edge of the bat.

The report further said that in response to the fall in confidence over the DRS occurring during the ongoing Ashes series, England and Australia would recommend a significant change in protocol, and propose that teams should no longer lose a review if their challenges are defeated by the umpire's call.

According to the report, under the proposals of the two Ashes rivals, the DRS will remain in favour of supporting the on-field umpires, who would retain the benefit of the doubt for marginal decisions.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had demanded an explanation and apology from Channel Nine after the Australian broadcaster implied that England batsman Kevin Pietersen had used silicone tape on his bat to fool Hot Spot, the report added. (ANI)

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