According to director of cricket Mike Hesson, the Royal Challengers Bangalore women’s squad plans to spend substantially in artificial intelligence (AI) to uncover talent from all over the country. While the team’s management will continue to deploy scouts to uncover prospective players, RCB will also use AI technology to supplement their efforts. We feel that scouting should be more than just sending conventional scouts to events. There is a lot of untapped talent and promise all around the country Hesson remarked this at a press conference prior to the Women’s Premier League (WPL).
As a result, we now have an artificial intelligence system that analyses critical metrics. From a bowling standpoint, it will all come down to speed. In terms of batting, they will bat in a number of positions. We can bring talent into camps or monitor them in specific competitions if we’ve spotted it He continued, saying.
According to Hesson, the RCB’s goal is to recognise talent at a young age in order to efficiently train and prepare them.
We’re looking beyond the traditional contests of first-class cricket and state cricket. We’re seeking for underage players, talent from the country’s outskirts, and individuals who aren’t currently on teams He expressed this.
The players we’re interested in may be a year away from joining the RCB. We can, however, recognise them and track their evolution over time. It is without a doubt how we operate in both the men’s and women’s programmes According to Hesson.
Although RCB has an enviable lineup that includes Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Heather Knight, and Dane van Niekerk, head coach Ben Sawyer has announced that the big names will be rotated during the WPL, which begins on Saturday.
RCB has also signed notable New Zealander Sophie Devine and WBBL (Big Bash League) standout Erin Burns, and Sawyer has conceded that he is spoilt for choice.
Sawyer, the current New Zealand women’s team coach, was evasive when questioned about his top four international choices.
Each of the six will have a role to perform. We play four games within the first six days. We’ll face different teams in different matchups, and I’m grateful to have them Sawyer stated this.
We won’t be using the same four throughout the competition. On our team, we have some multi-talented individuals. I believe you will see all six in the tournament Sawyer stated this.
Sawyer has coached in the WBBL and The Hundred, and she feels the WPL will take women’s cricket to new heights.
It’s terrifying to consider what an international player might face in the future. WBBL and The Hundred have left an impression on me. It will essentially move (women’s cricket) to the next level. Some refer to the Indian women’s team as chokers because they have yet to win a senior global trophy. Sawyer was sympathetic when asked if the WPL will help them overcome their mental block in important games.
The Indian team will be unstoppable if they win one or two games. Based on his experience working in women’s franchise leagues in England (Birmingham Phoenix – The Hundred) and Australia (Sydney Sixers – WBBL), the 45-year-old believes that big names only matter in the early years of league tournaments before every member of the squad understands her role and becomes a vital cog.
You may have relied on the big names at beginning, but after seven to eight years, every single player in the squad had a crucial part to play and was no longer seen as just filling up the numbers, he added, recalling his days in the WBBL.
Some of the younger players’ overseas experience will catapult them to the next level. They will be exposed to international-style cricket on a weekly basis throughout the championship He continued, saying.
According to the franchise’s director of cricket Mike Hesson, Sania Mirza, India’s tennis great, is a fantastic role model, and her hiring as RCB’s mentor for the upcoming WPL would motivate the team.
The 36-year-old six-time Grand Slam champion has announced his retirement from tennis.
No matter what sport you’re from, but rising to the elite and breaking the conventions of an athlete, wanting to embrace pressure and learning to handle with it without fear, Sania is a tremendous icon for women’s sport, Hesson said.
Hesson claimed that RCB has numerous tennis experts to address the technical sides of the game, and that the former world No. 1 in doubles would provide an advantage to the players by describing the mental challenges she faced during her professional career.
The more you talk about the game’s strain and emotions, and the problems, rather than talent, which we have enough of experts, he continued.
The WPL will begin on March 4 with a match between Gujarat Giants and Mumbai Indians.
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