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IPL Stump Price: What is the Cost of LED wickets used in the Cricket

Punjab Kings Arshdeep Singh broke the middle stump (with stump mic) in an IPL 2023 match between Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians not once but twice. He dismissed Mumbai batters Tilak Varma and Nehal Wadhera on consecutive balls. So, how much money did the broken stump cost the organizers?

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a power-hitting, athletic fielding and strategic bowling spectacle. But have you ever wondered about the equipment that takes center stage – the wickets? Specifically, how much does an IPL LED stump cost?

Cricket has been influenced by technology. Hawk-Eye, Decision Review System (DRS), Ultraedge, and HotSpot are some innovations that have helped improve umpires' decision-making during matches.  

What is an LED Stump?

An LED Stump flashes whenever it is disturbed or one of the bails is removed from its slot. It is one of the latest innovations in cricket. A microprocessor attached to each bail detects the separation between the bails and stumps, and both illuminate within one-thousandth of a second.

These wickets help umpires during a close runout or a stumping call. They also help make the game more visually interesting for both the live and TV audience. 

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What is the price of one LED stump in IPL?

While a precise figure isn't available, the price of a complete wicket set (including bails) can range from Rs. 8 Lakh to Rs. 30 lakh. One stump is worth almost 4 to 5 iPhone 15 Max. The exact cost of LED-enabled equipment mainly depends on the company, design, level of technology, and advanced sensor systems in the stumps. But why does it cost so much?

Technology in IPL Wicket

While they might appear simple, here's what IPL stumps are unique and priced high.

  • Durability: IPL stumps are made from high-quality wood and are designed to resist the force of bowlers' powerful deliveries.
  • LED Technology: IPL stumps are integrated with LEDs that light upon dislodgement by the ball. This adds a visual element to dismissals and helps umpires make crucial decisions.
  • Sensor Technology: Some advanced stumps might even incorporate sensors to detect the slightest movement, further assisting umpires in close calls.

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When was an LED stump first used in IPL?

LED stumps and bails were introduced in the Indian Premier League for the first time in 2016. They were first implemented in Australia's Big Bash League (BBL), and the International Cricket Council (ICC) used them for the first time in 2014 during the ICC T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. Since then, they have been a key part of cricket tournaments around the world.

For IPL, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) typically doesn't purchase individual stumps. Instead, it enters into a contract with a specific company to lease a complete wicket set, including bails and the electronic base, for the entire season.

Future Use of Technology in Cricket

The IPL celebrates cricketing talent, strategic brilliance, and fans' passion. High-quality stumps with accurate LED technology ensure fair play for both batters and bowlers. Reliable equipment makes accurate dismissals and close calls less debatable.

Investing in more advanced technology, like sensor-equipped stumps, allows further refinement of the decision-making process and ultimately enhances the game. So, the next time you witness a bowled dismissal, match-winning runout, or crucial stumping, remember the LED stump, which is a part of this.


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