Bowlers Stumped By Immovable Bails
BBC
Jun 13, 2019

In the 2019 World, new bails that light up on impact but do not fall have stumped the bowlers.

One of the easiest ways to get a Batsmen out has always been hit the wickets and bails fall off. However if you have been watching this years World Cup you might think the opposite. In the World Cup, they are using the electronic “zing” bails which should light up when they fall. In the 13 games so far played there have been five times that a ball has hit the stumps, and the bails have not fallen. In these instances the bails light up but do not fallen over. According to the ICC rules the bail has to fall of the stumps to be counted as a wicket.

The latest case was when Indian Bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s ball was edged on to the wickets by Australian David Warner and after hitting the wickets the bails did not fall over so it was not given an out. Virat Kohli said, “This is not something you expect to see at International cricket.”  and adding that you have to literally smash the stumps to get the bails to fall off.

Many have said the bails are too heavy now and that is the reason they are not falling, but according to the ICC the new bails are heavier then the standard bails but still lighter then the heavy bails used in windy conditions.The ICC has no plans to change the bails during the World Cup so we may still see more instances of this.