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May 5, 2012
With the help of technology that will be used for the first time in cricket coaching, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) is set to introduce real-time video analysis for player training at its academy in Bangalore.
The technology allows coaches to instantly access replays of deliveries on a hand-held device such as an iPad to provide more informed advice to players during a practice session. It can provide replays of a delivery from several different cameras, and can be used to monitor six nets simultaneously.
The KSCA plans to initially use the technology for the Karnataka Ranji squad and at the Under-16 and U-19 levels in Bangalore, and intends to take it to smaller centres in the state like Mysore, Mangalore and Shimoga over the next year.
The system is called Cognitive Video-based Coaching (CVBC) and was developed with the help of Belgium-based company EVS.
Javagal Srinath, the KSCA secretary, was excited at the introduction of the new system. "We are the first to implement this," he said. "In 10 years, coaching will be meaningless without technology like this."
The main advantage of the system, he felt, was that the instant feedback would help players analyse and work on their flaws during a practice session itself, instead of having to wait and watch it after the nets. He also said the CVBC will provide higher-quality pictures than those used in existing video analysis systems.
The KSCA also has a large screen (6' by 8') for players and coaches to review a shot or bowling action immediately after a delivery.
Srinath said any tips provided under the CVBC would be "proof-based", which would help increase understanding between coaches and players.
"Coaches will speak only from the pictures on the hand-held device or the big screen, giving no room for constructing contaminated imaginations in the mind of the players."
He said the new system would complement traditional coaching methods. "Even without technology, people will still score runs, cricket will still be played, but we are just trying to make the learning simple."
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