ICC turns IT savvy; signs MoU with software company

Published: Wednesday, July 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:The Indian Information Technology (IT) sector has received a boost with the International Cricket Council (ICC) signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with city-based Meru Software Consultancy and Technologies (MSTS) to acquire and implement the latest technologies in their quest to provide a common field for coaching systems of its units.

Based on the recommendation of its high performance committee, ICC signed the MoU with MSTS's sports services to cover the ongoing 2007 World Cup Qualifying event for 12 countries in Ireland, the final of which is slated for July 14.

Three of MSTS software experts -- C K M Dhananjai, Lakshmi Narayanan and R Venkatesh -- have so far covered 12-matches (6 each of the first two days of competitions since last Sunday) at different venues in Ireland, according of S Ramakrishnan, head of the MSTS sports wing.

In a race among software companies from Australia, India and New Zealand, ICC favoured MSTS mainly due to its capabilities in after sale service, rather than its lowest quotation.

Ramakrishnan said today that MSTS was not prepared to sell directly to ICC affiliated countries, but insisted that ICC countries be well versed in using this technology. The ICC was told that even if costliest software was installed and not properly implemented, it would be a failure.

"If the organisation is not geared up for it and if their coaches and players are not ready for it,it will be a failure. The ICC was requested to initiate use of this technology in a world level tournament to create a culture in its proper use."

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