- The franchise-style tournament – International League T20 – with 6 teams and 34 matches to be played in the United Arab Emirates will make its debut in January 2023
UAE, Dubai: ILT20 intends to take its fan engagement into the stratosphere by partnering with ‘Smartball’ for the inaugural edition of the International League T20. When the six franchises go head-to-head in the thrilling tournament from January 2023, the Smartball will assist ILT20 in providing in-depth, real-time analytics and serve to improve player performance, much to the delight of cricket fans across the globe .
Smartball’s cutting-edge technology consists of an “IoT” device at the core of the ball, which acts as a link between various devices and portals – technology – communication – cloud, tracking various data points such as the ball’s speed, revolutions per minute, minute, distance, the ball travels after being hit by a batsman, detecting the ball making contact with the bat or indeed any surface, measuring the change in direction the ball travels through the air or off the field, among many others required and appealing statistics. Using Bluetooth controlled technology, the data provided by the smartball is transmitted to the tournament’s match analysis provider, who then makes this integral data available to the tournament’s commentary, franchise and statistics teams – for the benefit of all.
Speaking on the launch of the smartball, Mubashshir Usmani, Secretary General of the Emirates Cricket Board, said: “As technology grows at a rapid pace, we have a responsibility not only to keep up with the times but also to stay ahead of the curve, which is one of the core values of the ILT20 and this partnership is a testament to that.” “That’s why we’re excited to introduce Smartball to the inaugural season of ILT20.” “Data has become an integral part of the cricket world and the way we live. Today’s fans want all kinds of data about their favorite stars in action. We’re excited to see the impact of Smartball next season.”
Sportcor has revolutionized sports statistics, helping athletes, judges and other stakeholders make better decisions. Zane Hall, CEO of SportsCor, said of their product, “We, SportsCor, are leaders in this market of delivering unparalleled live data. The technology contained in these handcrafted Kookaburra balls sends information from the ball to the end user in no more than 2.2 seconds – an extremely valuable tool for any commentator or high-performance manager who needs data in seconds.” “Once the ball is in the bowler’s hand is, we’re already thinking, ‘how is this bowler going to exercise his skill, skill, and art of deception against the person with the bat’, the Magnus Force phenomenon of Speed - Spin – Pre Bounce that comes into play, is a metric that needs to be thoroughly examined. These are the exciting data and stories that we will see in real time at ILT20.”
Wasim Akram invited two respected football greats to share their views, said; “This is something new, something exciting, something useful. As a bowler, you can estimate how the ball will swing or react on a given pitch, but with this technology, you, again as a bowler, can go back after the game and assess the actual data and understand how you start (the next game). ). As a commentator I can see the momentum, the pace off court, off the air and how much he’s spinning, that’s something new and will help me a lot.” While Dwayne Bravo commented; “The direction that cricket is going (technology) will definitely come in handy. Data is very important, it’s crucial for captains, coaches and the player, (so) the feedback the ball gives you will help you prepare (for the next game) and move you forward in the tournament.” “It is well, I played with this ball last season and wasn’t aware of it. It’s for bowlers.” See and learn more about these two cricket greats by using and explaining the smartball “here”.
The first ILT20 to receive multi-year ICC approval, debuting in January (2023), will be played in a 34-match format at the UAE’s exemplary, world-class cricket facilities in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Cricket fans around the world can watch this exciting cricket league broadcast LIVE on the linear channels of the league’s official media partner, ZEE, digital platform Zee5, as well as Zee Cinema SD, Zee Cinema HD, Zee Anmol Cinema, &Pictures HD, &Flix SD, track. &Flix HD, Zee Zest SD, Zee Zest HD, Zee Bangla Cinema and Zee Thirai.
The franchise teams, consisting of 84 international and 24 UAE resident players, include Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (Kolkata Knight Riders), Desert Vipers (Lancer Capital), Dubai Capitals (GMR), Gulf Giants (Adani Sportsline) , MI Emirates (Reliance Industries). , and Sharjah Warriors (Capri Global). For ILT20 news, updates and interactive chat, follow @ILT20Official on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, Snap Chat and Linkedin.
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About the International League T20:
ILT20 is a professional franchise-based cricket tournament in T20 format with 6 franchise teams consisting of 84 international and 24 UAE players competing in a 34-match event. ILT20 combines two of the most compelling aspects of global sport – world-class infrastructure coupled with the most favorable time zone for cricket fans around the world The franchise teams include Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (Kolkata Knight Riders), Desert Vipers (Lancer Capital), Dubai Capitals (GMR), Gulf Giants (Adani Sportsline), MI Emirates (Reliance Industries) and Sharjah Warriors (Capri Global). ILT20 has received multi-year ICC approval and will be streamed live on ZEE’s various global linear platforms, including the ZEE5 streaming platform.