England batsman Ollie Pope is set to become the first cricketer to wear a camera on his helmet during an International Fixture. Pope will wear the ‘Helmet cam’ while fielding at short leg in the rescheduled Test against India on Friday. This is going to be the first instance in the history of world cricket where a fielder will be fielding with a camera.
The innovation in the cricket field is initiated by the Sky Sports network for the coverage of the ENG vs IND 5th Test. The helmet cam on Pope’s head will give the viewers a unique view of the cricketing action in the middle of the field. The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) have given their approval for the innovative streaming.
The helmet cam is uniquely designed to adjust with the helmet and will cause no hindrance to the fielder. The camera will not pick up noise and thus the internal conversations between the players on the field will remain discrete.
Sky Sports had earlier tried the same version of Helmet cam at The Hundred last year. Trent Rockets fielder Tom Moores wore the helmet cam while fielding at short leg. This resulted in an output of some superb shots that were captured while he grabbed a top-edge catch.
Ollie Pope is set to create history in international cricket by wearing this innovative ‘helmet cam’. He is a spectacular fielder close to the batter. Pope took a mind-blowing catch in the recently concluded New Zealand series that sent Devon Conway back to the pavilion.
Ben Stokes is an attacking captain and he will regularly use the services of Jack Leach during the test match. This means that the short leg or silly point will come into play and Ollie Pope will grab his helmet cam to field on the position.
England and India are set to play the rescheduled Test on Friday, 1st July at Edgbaston. India is currently leading the series by 2-1.
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