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RCB Will Use Artificial Intelligence To Find Talent For Women’s Premier League: Mike Hesson




Royal Challengers Bangalore women’s team is all set to take a big step forward on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to unearth talent from every corner of the country, Director of Cricket Mike Hesson said on Thursday. While the team management will not give up the time-tested method of sending scouts to unearth promising talent, RCB will also be deploying AI technology to complement their efforts. “We feel our scouting needs to go a little deeper than just sending regular scouts to tournaments,” Hesson said at a press conference ahead of the Women’s Premier League (WPL). There is a lot of untapped talent and potential across the country. Is.”

“So, we have an artificial intelligence system where we look at some of the key metrics. From a bowling perspective, it will be around pace. From a batting perspective, it will be around different positions that they will be at. Once We will identify the talent there, we can bring them in camps or we can go and see them in specific tournaments.”

Hesson said that RCB is looking to train talent at a very young age and groom them adequately.

“We are trying to look beyond just mainstream tournaments or first-class cricket or state cricket. We are trying to look at younger talent, talent from the fringes of the country, people who are potentially already Not in teams. ” They said.

“The players we are looking at may be a year away from actually being a part of RCB. But we can identify them, we can watch them over time and see how they develop. Sure Basically we work the same way.” in both the men’s and women’s programs,” Hesson said.

RCB may have a notable roster in their ranks with Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Heather Knight and Dane van Niekerk but head coach Ben Sauer is clear that big names will be rotated during the WPL starting on Saturday.

Along with these four famous names, RCB have also included legendary New Zealander Sophie Devine and WBBL (Big Bash League) star Erin Burns, and Sawyer admitted that he is spoiled for choice.

When asked about his picks as the top four overseas players, Sawyer, the current coach of the New Zealand women’s team, did not give a straight answer.

“All six will play a role. We play four games in the first six days. We will have different match-ups against teams and I consider them lucky,” said Sawyer.

Sawyer said, “Don’t expect us to stick with the same fours throughout the tournament. We’ve got some multi-skilled players. Certainly you’ll see sixes all over the tournament.”

Sawyer, who has coached The Hundred and WBBL, is confident that the WPL will take women’s cricket to a new level.

“It’s a scary thought for an international player what they’re going to do in the future. I’ve seen the impact of the WBBL and The Hundred. It (WPL) is just going to take it (women’s cricket) to second place. level.” The Indian women’s team is yet to win a global trophy at the senior level and are sometimes referred to as “chokers”. Sawyer was sympathetic when asked if the WPL would help him get over the mental block in crunch games.

After winning one or two matches, no one will be able to stop the Indian team. The 45-year-old has worked in women’s franchise leagues in England (Birmingham Phoenix – The Hundred) and Australia (Sydney Sixers – WBBL), and based on those experiences, she said it was only in the early years of the league tournament that the big names made it to the top. Each member of the squad understands their role and becomes an important team.

“Maybe in the beginning, you are relying on the big names, but in seven-eight years’ time, every single player in the team had an important role to play and was no longer seen as just making numbers,” he said, recalling the initial days in the WBBL.

“The experience some of the young players will get at the international level will take them to another level. They will get a chance to play international style cricket week in and week out during the competition,” he added.

The team’s Director of Cricket Mike Hesson believes that India’s tennis great Sania Mirza is a role model and her induction as RCB’s mentor for the upcoming WPL will inspire the team.

The 36-year-old six-time Grand Slam winner recently retired from tennis.

“No matter what sport you are from, but coming in as an elite and challenging the norms as an athlete, accepting pressure and how to deal with it, and not be afraid of it, women’s sports For me, Sania is a huge icon,” Hesson said.

Hesson said RCB has enough experts to talk about the technical nuances of the game and the former world number one in doubles will give the players an edge by talking about the mental challenges they face in their professional career.

He added, “The more you talk about the pressure and the emotion of the game, and the challenges rather than talking about technique, for which we have so many experts, I think it is exciting.”

The WPL will begin on March 4 with Gujarat Giants taking on Mumbai Indians.

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