Cricket, once known as the gentlemen’s game, has been intensely revolutionized in terms of game formats and player techniques including the latest tech support in umpiring, reviews and records. The game is also termed as the game of real-time information and statistics.

To add more excitement to the game of cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has partnered with popular chip maker, Intel. Together, they have introduced ‘smart bats’ during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 being played in England. These smart bats will actually use chips, dubbed BatSense, that allow them to sense the bat swings.

BatSensing Bats

If you have noticed some batsmen in the ongoing Champions Trophy carry bats having red tip on their handle. These are the Batsensing Bats or smart bats.

As per rules, three players from all the participating teams will have a Bat Sensor installed on top of their bats. The chip will generate data on each swing of the bat.

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In a statement, ICC said, “The new bat sensor powered by the Intel Curie technology that can be mounted on any cricket bat to generate data for every stroke that the batsman plays.”

The statement adds, “With this technology, parameters like back-lift, bat speed, and follow-through can be tracked for every cricket stroke. Several batsmen will use these bat sensors in the games at the 2017 Champions Trophy, enabling new insights on stroke play and rich story-telling in broadcast.”

Use of BatSense

The sensors are developed by Intel and sports startup Specular. Useful insights like the back-lift angle, bat speed, impact momentum and follow-through will be measured using the sensors.

These figures will be transmitted back to coaches for immediate analysis while broadcasters will be able to use the info to bring exciting content to the viewers.

Following Hawk-Eye, that changed the whole cricketing scenario thanks to the use of high speed cameras and ball tracking technology, the new sensors can revolutionize the batting aspect of cricket.

Studio pundits will be able to explain a player’s performance or weaknesses and how certain players can improve their game play or technique. Coaches and players will benefit the most and will be able to fine-tune training sessions.

ICC plans to modernize the game by bringing upcoming technologies to the cricketing field. While similar bat-sensing tech has already been used in baseball bats, tennis rackets and golf clubs, it’s a first for cricket. Now, ICC is ready to incorporate VR and pitch reading drones.

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