Innovation has been brought in cricket as the Australian brand Kookaburra has partnered with tech innovators SportCor to equip cricket ball with the latest technology.
In an effort to make cricket more competitive and accurate, a cricket ball will now be a smart ball with the latest technology. The technology was introduced at the home of cricket – Lord’s during the second Ashes Test.
This ball is capable of monitoring ball’s swing, seam, movement, speed and a number of other metrics, offering key analytics for the cricketers.
The smart ball is equipped with microchips inside, Bluetooth and rechargeable batteries as it measures various metrics and displays the data in real-time for the balls bowled.
Speaking about the introduction of the latest technology in cricket, former Australian speedster Michael Kasprowicz said that new technology will contribute to the development of sports science at the highest level. It will help the coaching staff in the assessment. Junior Cricket, First Class, Club Cricket and many other forms of cricket can make most of the technology.
“You’re actually seeing your outcome from the other end, getting feedback as far as the revolutions and pace, in these two data particular streams. The third one is broadcast. We’ll get more engagement from fans,” he added while speaking to an Australian cricketing website.
Commenting on the smart ball, English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Butler said: “Technology in sports is a great way to enhance the game for the viewer. You can get those real numbers straight away and you know exactly what’s happening, so as a coaching tool, it’s fantastic.”