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A bat is a bat, even if it flat, right? Microsoft seems to think so. Cricket officials have been receiving criticism from the International Cricket Council because the Indian umpires weren't too keen on international standards. This is where Microsoft steps in. Talks have began with Microsoft to develop a system that would raise umpiring standards for cricket across the globe. Matches would be recorded by six cameras and then a special program would analyze the video to make sure everything is all standard-like. They are currently in the final stages of negotiations. Good news for the cricket community worldwide, too bad the sport hasn't caught on in the states, yet. Image courtesy of

Microsoft software to improve India's cricket umpires [The Age]