Pakistan Cricket enters into New Era of Technology Use through Android Cricket App “Insights” by ITU for PCB
Lahore, February 18, 2018 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Cricket enters into a new era of using technology with the Information Technology University (ITU)’s cricket analytics platform being rolled out with the Pakistan Cricket Board to cover PSL, which will allow analysis of each player, aids with selection and enables scientific coaching. Dr. Umar Saif founding Vice Chancellor Information Technology University of the Punjab said after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Najam Aziz Sethi Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at Qaddafi Stadium here today.
Dr. Umar Saif further said, “We have been silently working with PCB on this project since May 2017. This is totally unprecedented in cricket world that performance of cricket players is being digitally measured from the grass-root level. This will change the map of the Pakistan cricket for the better and help selectors, coaches, and fitness gurus make better qualitative decisions for our cricket team.
The VC ITU expressed special thanks to Inzamam ul Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed who approached with this idea and provided constant guidance during the development of Insights. Credit also goes to my friend Mr. Najam Aziz Sethi for his resolve to take Pakistan cricket to new heights with his untiring efforts and openness to innovation and technology.” Najam Aziz Sethi, PCB Chairman said, “This is something that I wanted from the day one of my tenure and I am glad that we have finally made it happen for Pakistan cricket. I can see it play a vital role in the growth and development of cricket in Pakistan.”
Inzamam ul Haq, a cricket legend and the chief selector of Pakistan cricket team, said, “Mushy and I wanted to leave a legacy behind. A system that can serve Pakistan cricket for years to come. Insight is the true implementation of our ideas and expertise. This can give you deeper insights into players’ performances especially in situations where no high resolution camera’s and hawk eye is available. I am thankful to Mr. Najam Sethi, PCB coaches, analysts and administration, Dr. Umar Saif project lead Talha Rehmani, and ITU team for their endless support.”
Talha Rehmani, Project lead Insights, said, “Insights comes from the merger of state-of-the- art technology and cricket expertise. We have a long way to go but Insights will change the way we interpret and approach players’ performances for better. It will also help our coaches and fitness trainers to customize the players’ routines and exercises and focus on relevant areas.”
Insights – a unique match analysis and scoring facility developed by ITU for upcoming edition of Pakistan Super League and domestic matches in Pakistan including Quaid-e-Azam trophy, Pakistan Cup, etc. Detailed evaluation sessions were conducted with these mentors and PCB support staff such as analysts, scorers, trainers and other coaches.
The data collected, both of matches and individuals will help to draw both concrete and soft analytical results to track the performance of a player from grass root level to the top, identify weak and strong areas for batters, identify the trends and factors affecting the bowling performance of every individual bowler, work on the improvements of his flaws and team selection. E.g. if the system identifies that a player is good against spin, he can be selected to play in spin friendly conditions. On the flip side, if a player is found weak against spin, remedy work can be started.
Insights will be used in the upcoming edition of PSL 3. In the past, this platform is already used to collect data and draw results on various cricket games, including independence cup and some other domestic tournaments. The system can be used simultaneously by two users for entering the details of a same match to cover it with greater precision, i.e. a scorer can add scores whereas an analyst can add pitch and field information etc. User can also enter in details happenings of every delivery e.g. if a four was hit, user can select, from a prepopulated list, the shot name, if the players timed it or it was a mishit. Similarly, the details of a batter’s dismissal, a run, a dot, or a six, all different types of scoring events can be recorded just in few clicks.
Insights is an expert player profiling system developed by research team 0f ITU for PCB. The system contains a parallel scoring application, both on web and android, where the scores for the matches with the minutest details are entered using just an android tablet which makes it very cost effective. The scorer can enter lots of additional information alongside scores like field placement, pitch and weather information, ball pitch spot, swing and height estimation and toss information.
For more information, contact:
Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB)
11th Floor, Arfa Software Technology Park,
346-B, Ferozepur Road, Lahore, Pakistan