Technology has undoubtedly become an integral part of any sport. With so much competition all over the world and so much at stake every team or country or individual tries their best to succeed.
A game of cricket which is not as popular as football or any other sport, it is important for any country to be at the top of the already small cricketing world. The competition in the game has reached new heights with a few of the associate nations performing well in the recent years.
The pressure on teams like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and West Indies has increased as their performance has declined after the retirement few of their key players.
Sri Lanka experienced their worst year in 2017 regarding the results as they won just five ODI’s in the entire year.
However, the Sri Lanka Cricket board has taken some serious measures to get the game back on track in the country.
The SLC is adopting an advanced software used by football club Barcelona to manage its injury-prone cricketers as the national team prepares for the 2019 World Cup.
The Sri Lankan cricket board hopes that this technology will help them restore their lost pride in the cricketing world. The board has spent $75,000 on the software.
The technology will keep close tabs on every player through a player management system. It will help in various fields be it from assessing recoveries to workload management or to identifying youngsters coming through their system.
Each player will have their GPS device which will be worn on their backs throughout the matches and training sessions. This sort of technology will be a first in cricket. It will help the support staff to single out player profiles, like monitoring the intensity levels, time spent sprinting, moving around the field, etc.
The GPS technology has been brought from Barcelona through Nic Pothas, who had first brought up the idea to enhance the fielding standards in the team.
Sri Lanka’s High-Performance manager, Simon Willis said:
“Massive part of world cricket is how countries identify and develop talent. Just because someone is a good player at Under-15 doesn’t mean will go on to become a world beater. So what does that pathway look like? What did Mahela Jayawardene look like at 15, 17, 19 and why did it take for someone like Asela Gunaratne to make his debut at 31? All these questions can be answered to better predict future performances.”
“The player workload going forward for Sri Lanka’s cricketers is massive, the fixtures over the next 18 months is huge. We need our best players available for the biggest tournaments. It has helped us not just understand players better but also better predict when to rest a certain player.”
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