In cricket, sight screen is used to provide a clear sight to the batsman and the bowler during their respective deliveries. The equipment also successfully blocks any distractions caused by the spectators. It acts as a medium to create contrast between the ball and the spectators or other distractions. The screens are placed on both the ends of the cricket ground, a short distance behind the boundary rope. During a limited over cricket series (ODIs and T20s), the white cricket ball is used with a black screen, whereas in test cricket white screens are used in contrast to the red ball. Different types of sight screens are available depending on the manufacturing materials. Some of the examples include timber sight screen, polyethylene sight screen, UPVC sight screen, Twenty20 UPVC sight screen and mesh fabric sight screen.
The cricket sight screens have a size of 20x20 feet with 12 slats which aren’t entirely flat. The apparatus is painted white on one side and black on another. The gaps between the slats allow the wind to pass through them and not blow it over. The screens have wheels on the bottom for smooth manoeuvring on the ground and can be stored once they are of no use. It is manufactured from the non-steel element for lighter weight and compact design, making them ideal for transportation and storage.
At the 1993 Ashes series at Old Trafford and The Oval, "tri-vision" sight screens were used. The screens had advertising over the slats in between the overs. In the current scenario, advertising is only limited to the sightscreen placed behind the wicket-keeper. Traditionally, the sightscreens were constructed with timber, but now a synthetic material regarded as polypropylene is majorly used.
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