ICL brings GPS to Indian cricket

The Indian Cricket League is using Global Positioning System in India as a television prop.

updated: December 14, 2007 15:02 IST
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GPS or Global Positioning System is something well known in taxis, but it has now got a use in cricket.

The Indian Cricket League is using it in India as a television prop. Australian team have taken the advantage of this technology. They have found some startling evidence of how players can run up to 29 kilometres a day while playing cricket.

One innings of the match is over, and David Cameron is very busy. He has to rush down to the ICL's high-performance manager Jock Campbell to hand over his GPS reports for the first innings.

Four players are selected in each match of the Indian Cricket League's inaugural tournament for GPS testing

If you are really fond of your cricketers, some hi-fi technology can now get you right under their skins, well, quite literally.

Many of the players recently wore GPS or Global Positionining System under their jerseys, that basically gives a measure of their running speed and their heart beat.

So now if a player is not working hard enough at the nets, there's no chance of getting away from the punishment!

"The wi-spy fits in a vest which the player wears on his back. Now the information from the player's heart on this strap, which is worn across the chest.

"It is measured wirelessly from this strap to this device. Players wear this vest, and its comfortable, padded and the information is transmitted wirelessly to this device.

Many of the Australian players and even Indians, including RP Singh were seen sporting GPS arm-bands during the recent ODI series.

But now you can see the information directly on your television screens during the match.
So you can find out how excited your favourite bowler gets when he is bowling to the opponents.

While being used in football for at least 4-5 years now, GPS is still new in cricket

"Years ago when you used to do a training session, and you asked the player how was it, easy, hard, moderate or extreme. The trainer would say moderate, and the player would say extreme. So you never had a real measure of really how hard it was," said David Cameron, Founder, GPS

GPS has more benefits than just that. Depending on the workload information, fitness schedules can be managed, and even injuries and burnouts can be prevented.

The Australians say no other team is using such technology. And GPS vests will be their secret weapon in their preparation for the Ashes and the 2011 World Cup.

Well Team India finds it rather difficult to field a fit playing eleven these days. So now that the secret is out, to make use of this fancy technology would not be a bad idea at all.