BCCI goes IT savvy, launches software
Published: Tuesday, January 30, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Bangalore: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Phoenix Global Solutions launched "e - cricket pro", an analytical software for Indian cricketers on Tuesday. The software, according to BCCI and Phoenix Global Solutions, is for the exclusive use of the BCCI. "We have been looking for a tool like this as South Africa and Australia have also developed a similar analytical programme. This tool will be a tremendous source of strength in analysing the game," Board of Control for Cricket in India president Dr A C Muthiah said after the formal launch of the software, which was preceded by a demonstration. "We had clearly stated in our vision statement that we wanted to be among the top three in the world and I'm sure with the right tool (like e - cricket pro) we can also become world beaters. John (Wright, the coach) would put it to good use, our players are also IT savvy and I'm sure they will develop the competitive edge to become world beaters by the next World Cup in 2003," he added. BCCI secretary Jayawant Lele announced that there were good days ahead for Indian cricket. "With the meticulous use of this new invention by John Wright, I expect our cricket heroes to do justice to their talent. We will be well conversant with this concept by 2003," Mr Lele said. Phoenix Global Solutions managing director Satish Bangalore hailed this integration of technology and sport as the "best of the breed" in the world. "The analytical engine of this tool is far superior to the already existing programmes. The tool is an evolution of our technology base built over years of system software and internet arnea," Mr Bangalore stated. On a note of caution, he added, "Success is a big jig saw puzzle and we are providing one of the pieces of the puzzle. We have created this magic for Indian cricket due to the enthusiastic support and quick decisions of a lot of people. We hope to continuously work on this and create vast libraries with remote access." Coach John Wright, who answered questions, said, "The consistency of the input of info was very crucial to this tool. This can be used during a session, may be at the lunch or tea break, to help a player realise some immediate changes that they have to make out there. But, ideally this could be used at the end of a session for the post match analysis." Wright, who has been associated in the later part of the development of the software, said, "International players are their own best coaches. The players, with the help of this package, will be able to see specific examples and make their own judgements and take ownership of corrections. This provides an opportunity for players to use their responsibilities." Wright, who was recently named as the coach of the Indian team by the BCCI ahead of Geoff Marsh and Greg Chappell, also said that the software would help the team train in a focused and specific manner.