The ICC Champions Trophy in England this June is all set to go Tech-Smart with a host of smart initiatives to be implemented to give viewers a better experience and the supporting staff a better insight into the on-field happenings with players.
The first on the list are the Smart Cricket Bats which will contain a chip designed by tournament’s ‘innovation partner’ – Intel. The Chips, which will be trailed by a camera, will track the player’s on-field movement and the data so collected will be used for analysis by the support staff to ensure a better player management. These bats will be used by three players from each country playing in the CT17. The likes of Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane will also wield the ‘smart’ willow.
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Next on the list are Hawk-eye, Spidercam and the Front and Reverse view stump cameras. These innovations will be available on three grounds namely- Edgbaston, The Oval and the Cardiff Wales Stadium. The hawk-eye will be used to adjudge the LBW decisions while the other two accompanied by drone cameras will take the viewing experience to a whole new exciting level.
The in-house audience will also get to use a special high-density Wi-fi at the hosting venues and its introduction is expected to reduce the load on 3G and 4G networks.
The ICC continuously strives to make the game better and hasn’t hesitated in the adoption of new innovations that can benefit the game. All these initiatives are a part of the apex body’s commitment to improve the finer aspects of the game. The CT17 saga kicks-off on June 1 as the hosts England take on Bangladesh while India will start their title defence against the arch-rivals, Pakistan, at Edgbaston on June 4.