Smart Cricket

We all know, new generation kids are smarter than previous generations. Not only humans but world is also becoming smarter by implementing new technologies. Right from home to vehicle everything has become smarter. Games, especially cricket, is not an exception to this.

Various smart technologies are used in cricket, for example, the cameras in stumps (First use by BBC in 90′), flashing bails (First international use in 2014), sensor integrated chip in ball, etc.

In current technology scouting study (2018-2022), the use of such smart technologies like AI (Artificial Intelligence), ML (Machine Learning), electronics systems, sensors etc. in cricket have been presented.

Let’s have a look at technical advancement in cricket.

Patenting Scenario

Artificial Intelligence is an emerging field in cricket. AI technology could be coupled with sensors or ML etc.

cricket player imgnetpractice imgA method and system for monitoring, analyzing, improving and giving instant feedback on players using artificial intelligence module is disclosed in US2019347956A1. System disclosed in an application analyses the data using plurality of sensors, AI and feedback is displayed on computer. Apart from monitoring player’s performance AI and sensor technology used in making decisions e.g. monitor “No-ball”. As per the application IN202141053537A Laser distantsensor for monitoring in-line of crease and signal is transmitted to the umpire wirelessly using Bluetooth.

Invention disclosed in IN201821038840A is related to system and method for automatic tagging and storing of cricket metadata using machine learning and artificial intelligence, helps to create cricket highlights and other custom packages.

stump-img1IN202141024729A patent application talks about system for performing the role of an umpire using the camera, which is inbuilt within the cricket stump for giving comments to the players and managing scoring.

sensor-tech-imgIn the cricket, Sensor technology is widely used for tracking trajectory or impact etc. on the object e.g. bat or ground/pitch. The electronic systems such as speed sensors, motion sensors etc. are embedded in bat or ball. Few patent applications disclosing sensor technology are Smart cricket bat with plurality of sensors to measure accurate data like rate of change of velocity, angular speed, orientation of the bat, pressure exerted on the bat by a ball, a pressure exerted on the handle unit by a hand grip of the batsman during swing of the bat and audio signals is disclosed in WO2021044329A1. Wireless signal transmission ball disclosed in KR20190051970A. Ball is having a central core includes a power source, a movement sensor, and a radio transceiver.

round sensor imgAnother patent application, IN202121011315A, filed for wireless gloves with various types sensors for controlling and updating scoreboard.

hand imgIN202011034171A is related to sensing technology used in stumps and bails. After the impact on stumps, sensor switches on the circuit and microcontroller start the embedded program that blinks the LEDs in stumps and bails for few seconds.

Software programme, such as automated umpire bot with intelligent telescopic function for monitors umpiring, scoring, analytics, learning and coaching, is another smart technology disclosed in WO2021124351A1.

The Invention AU2018100564A4 discloses use of integrated circuit board with embedded IMU algorithms and sensor for monitoring ball.  Sensors show the direction of a ball and its motion.

Commercial Products Overview:

stump handle imgStancebeam Striker : StanceBeam Striker uses sensor and AI technology. This product is designed by StanceBeam.

Kookaburra Smart Ball imgKookaburra Smart Ball : Helps in collecting and communicating instant statistical data on revolutions, speed -both at release, pre-bounce and post-bounce from the embedded microlight chip. It provides real-time feedback and insights on your Bat Swing, Bat Speed, Bat Angles.

Non patent literature overview

Run out detection in cricket using IOT A series of capacitive proximity sensors placed on the crease line which determine whether a particular runout is legal or illegal based on the interpretation of the signal by the bat. IOT platform is used to alerting an umpire about run out signal.

Novel Experimental Protocol to Capture Movement Data and Predict Shot Execution in Cricket Batting Supervised machine learning has been shown to be effective in forecasting batting shot executionand useful for performance evaluation, talent identification, injury surveillance, and prevention.

This is an overview of technologies involved in smart cricket in last five years. Sensors are widely used in this field and now gradually technology moving towards AI/ML for judging players performance, umpiring and monitoring movement of bat, ball and statistical analysis of games

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