HCL Tech signs multi-year deal with Cricket Australia

HCL Tech will help the Australian cricket's governing body provide an 'elevated and immersive' digital experience.

Former Australian cricketer Brad Hodge and CA's Interim EGM of Team Performance Belinda Clark AO during the media launch of the multi-year deal with HCL Technologies.

IT services major HCL Technologies announced on Wednesday that it has signed a multi-year deal with Cricket Australia (CA) to deliver digital experiences to fans, players and employees.

The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

HCL Tech will help the Australian cricket's governing body provide an elevated and immersive digital experience to cricket fans, players, partners, employees, and volunteers across the country and around the world, through CA's digital offerings, HCL Technologies said in a statement.

It will also engineer a digital core ecosystem for CA through a composable platform that will be modular, auto-scalable, data-driven and experience-centric.

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HCL Tech will manage CA's suite of digital products, including properties such as the Cricket Australia Live App, cricket.com.aubigbash.com.au and community cricket applications like MyCricket and community.cricket.com.au.

Michael Horton, Executive Vice President and Country Manager, Australia and New Zealand at HCL Technologies said, "We look forward to providing the Australian cricket community with leading-edge digital technologies that support real-time, engaging, personalised and unified experiences."

HCL Technologies has worked with Manchester United and Volvo Ocean Race as well.

The cricket-following community is substantial in Australia, with more than 2 million fans attending cricket matches during the 2018-19 season, the statement said. Digitally, CA has an online audience exceeding 20 million globally per year.

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CA CEO Kevin Roberts said, "Cricket is rapidly evolving here and overseas, and part of that evolution involves advancements in technology and the digital landscape.

"The usage of these (digital) platforms continues to grow significantly, so partnering with a leading global technology provider to harness this growth and help us take advantage of our leading position is a natural next step. HCL Tech will help CA take its digital offerings to the next level and allow CA to better connect with and inspire communities through cricket," he added.