ICC Champions Trophy is just a couple of days away and top eight of the world will battle for the title for 18 days. We see new technology being introduced by International Cricket Council every now and then to enhance the experience of the game. The game is all set to witness another big innovation. In the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, the cricket bats with chips installed in them are going to be used. These smart bats with chips will be pioneer something that we have never seen before.
The batsmen of all the eight teams will be using ‘Smart Bats’ which will have a chip installed in them. It will help track the movement of the batsmen and will provide a whole new experience for the fans of cricket. As per a report in Xtratime, the chips placed in the bats will help the engineers track the movement of the players, it will be trailed by cameras and the data thus obtained will be analysed by the experts.
Three players each from the eight teams will bat with the specially designed bats. This new technology will help the coaches and players to improve performance. Spidercam along with drone cameras will also be used for the first time in the tournament.
This new feature included by the ICC will help take the game to the new level of development altogether. We have been seeing new innovations coming and thus the game has changed drastically in last one decade.
Hawkeye cameras are installed in the stadium to judge the LBW decision. With all this new technology coming into the game, we will be expecting some ‘smart cricket’ in future. No doubt technology has brought a lot of changes to the game of cricket and all these new innovations will help the game get better.
The organising committee has also made an effort to make the tournament a memorable one for the fans by investing in high-density wifi at grounds, ensuring great connectivity and reducing the pressure on 3G and 4G networks. Team sheets will be signed and submitted via tablet.
Tournament director Steve Elworthy said: ‘I think it probably is up there [as the first Smart Cricket tournament]. Everything we’ve done when we’ve sat down and planned this, we say “Smart” immediately you jump a technology solution for it.’ We do hope that the Smart tournament idea generates more and more interest in the wonderful game of cricket. When technology meets cricket, the result will definitely be an interesting one