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Haryan cricket to go hi-tech

Objective is to transfom the game introducing structural changes, writes Heena Zuni Pandit.

india Updated: Oct 02, 2008 00:49 IST
Heena Zuni Pandit

Cricket in Haryana is transforming. Right from the basic structural changes to introducing some new methodology to transform the running of cricket the way it use to be. The aim is to take it to the next higher level.

The first step towards this is setting up a lab that has all the technical facilities. The lab is based at the Harayana Cricket Association's (HCA) stadium—Chaudhary Bansilal Stadium – in Lahli, Rohtak.

The lab has different sub projects under it --- a gym, the computer analysing system and a data based library.

Designed and run by the 'Sports Mechanics', the company that provide similar facilities to a few IPL teams as well, is providing services to HCA under the guidelines of Subramanian Ramakrishnan (Ramki).

The system works on different software like 'T20 pro' where they prepare wagon wheels, graphics and detailed scorecard of every player under examination.

Another software called 'Silicon Pro' gives similar kind of minute details of the players aiming to help the players to analyse on their own and realise them that 'here you need to work'.

Another system under process is a 'player profiling' system where they will store all the data of players including their stats and all other clippings.

Sponsored by HCA, these initiatives are taken by Anirudh Chaudhary of HCA.

"We are doing this to provide the best possible facilities to our players," he said.

"For example, if a player is doing well today and he might not be doing so well after say three years then he can always make use of these data's to see what I use to be and that's where I am lacking now," he added.

Besides these developments, few other things are also in the pipeline. "We will be having at least two bowling machines within a few months and also we are planning to divide the area where we conduct our nets into an open net area with synthetic mats plus an indoor playing area," Chaudhary revealed.

This plan was introduced to the players with the help of the off-season camps for Under-16 and Under-19 players, and a camp for the seniors.

Though, the seniors were not that lucky to gain much from the camp as rain often plays spoilsport and force the players to restrict to open-nets only.

For the first time, off-season camps were running under the supervision of coach Parthasarthi Sharma (of Rajasthan) along with Vijay Yadav and Ashwink Kumar. HCA has also roped inn Sateshwar Sharma of Delhi as a trainer.

Sharma who has played five test and two one days for India during 1974-77 has expressed his satisfaction over the way thing are going on and is happy with some young guns. "The talent in boys is clearly visible but it need constant monitoring," said Sharma. Replying to a query if he is set to become the next coach for Haryana, Sharma said: "We (officials and Sharma) haven't talked anything but options are open."

"This process is very fruitful as it gives you a fair idea of where is your flaw and you can work accordingly," said Gaurav Vashisht and Sumit Sharma, the trainees at the camp.

Throwing light on the significance of these camps, Vijay Yadav said: "These camps are very productive for players of all age groups," he said. "Young players can brush their skills besides learning new things while the seniors can revert back to the basics, for which they don't have time otherwise," he added.

Meanwhile, HT has learned that from this season, HCA will not have 'open trail' system for announcing Ranji probable but will take into consideration only the performance in the district matches. Finals of these matches has been recorded to unable the association for references purpose.

Also, brushing aside all the rumours of moving to Delhi for the coming Ranji season, Haryana captain, Amit Mishra said: "I am not going anywhere, will play for Haryana only."