Team India invests in GPS tracking performance ahead of World Cup

The BCCI has struck a deal with STATSports, a sports tech company, to improve the team's training and conditioning ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

Players will wear vests fitted with high-resolution units which will measure a multitude of physical metrics.   -  K.V.S. Giri

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has struck a deal with UK-based sports tech company, STATSports, ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup beginning on May 30 in England and Wales.

STATSports, whose client list includes top football clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Barcelona, will now help the Indian men's cricket team track and analyse its performance through GPS technology.

To ensure the squad is in peak physical condition players would be wearing a baselayer vest which has high-resolution units fitted in a pocket between the shoulder blades. These units would be measuring physical metrics of each player including distance, speed, acceleration, deceleration, and dynamic stress load.

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This would allow the fitness team to carefully manage players’ workloads, and injury rehabilitation programmes.

STATSports co-founder Sean O'Connor said the agreement is iconic for the company.

"Cricket is the most popular sport in the South Asian subcontinent and termed as a religion in India. We are very happy to associate with one of the biggest brands in world cricket. We look forward to supporting India to further on-field success for many years to come," he said.