Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Kantasingh says digital scoring long overdue

MOVING FORWARD: Kavesh Kantasingh speaks at the first CricHQ tutorial session at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, on Saturday. —Photo courtesy TTCB

Trinidad and Tobago cricketer Kavesh Kantasingh has welcomed the introduction of digital scoring into the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board’s (TTCB) domestic club competitions. 
This season, the TTCB has mandated Premiership Division I and II clubs to score matches using CricHQ, the world’s largest digital scoring platform.
Kantasingh commended the scorers and administrators from eight of 16 Premiership Division clubs that attended the compulsory CricHQ training session on Saturday at the Kenneth Julien Building, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine. Attending were representatives from: Orange Field SC, Caldrac, Prisons SC, Queen’s Park Cricket Club, FC Clarke Road, Merry Boys, PowerGen and Cane Farm.
“Cricket has evolved and become a business. And like any business, if not correctly and efficiently adhered to, it will fail. The game has evolved and left us using old protocols and outdated management styles in the modern era,” said the 30-year-old.
He continued, “Technology now plays an integral part of all international sports. Not only is it used during the broadcast of games, it is used as a preparation tool by players and coaches. Technology in the modern game has allowed for decisions to become fair, allowing for the highest standards of play and competition. From a player’s perspective, I am excited for the launch of CricHQ. This software will revolutionise our game...especially off the field.”
The left-arm spinner stressed that while the rest of the world has embraced technology to improve all facets of their cricket, the Caribbean is yet to do the same and this is reflected in the International Cricket Council rankings of the West Indies team.
“We are currently 8th in the ICC Test rankings with a rating of 69 points while India is first on 120 points. We are currently 9th in the One-Day International rankings with 86 points while Australia are first with 120 points and even though we are World T20 champions we are 4th in the rankings with 116 points with New Zealand first on 132 points. If we are rated internationally using statistics and a point rating system, it is only common sense that we adapt these methods to improve our game,” Kantasingh said.
CricHQ introduces advanced analytics and statistics for domestic cricket clubs by processing all data from a cricket match. Kantasingh believes that if Trinidad and Tobago are to improve in Four-Day cricket, the data from CricHQ must be harnessed and used by clubs in a proactive manner.
“Understanding and having an appreciation for technology such as wagon wheels as well as scoring worms can give players an insight into their opponent’s scoring habits and weaknesses. This application will allow players to become more responsible for their performance and allow for players to be critical of themselves in order to improve their game. It will allow players to be analysed on a greater level and help highlight challenges so that we may improve,”
“It will also help in the selection of teams, so that appropriate players suiting specific roles can be selected. Selection will no longer be justified by a ‘gut feeling’, a player’s nationality or which club they represent. Selection panels will now be given tools and if used efficiently, will allow Caribbean nations to develop and select players based on performances and consistency.”
“The national team has done extremely well, especially at the youth levels. At the youth level, consistent performances are easily identified. At the senior level, the pool is much larger and the ability to not only rate good performances but to recognise consistent players for specific roles becomes increasingly difficult. This application will assist in the management of the game. Today, scorers are graduated to analysts and analysts play a vital role in allowing us to take our game to the skies,” said Kantasingh.