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HCLTech to accelerate Cricket AU's digital transformation
Wed, 16th Aug 2023

HCLTech, a global technology company, announced that it has been selected by Cricket Australia (CA), the national governing body for the game in Australia, for the next phase of CA’s digital transformation.

HCLTech has been a digital transformation partner to Cricket Australia since 2019. As part of the latest agreement, HCLTech will enable Cricket Australia to deliver immersive digital experiences to fans, players, partners, employees and volunteers across the world. 

Through the engagement, HCLTech will enable and enhance Cricket Australia's digital platform. The company will implement automation, analytics including AI and ML, and DevOps to ensure that the Cricket Australia Live and PlayCricket apps maintain their top spot for cricket fans across the country.

“Engagement with our fans and community is of the utmost importance for Cricket Australia. We are focused on keeping people engaged in the sport from the moment they first pick up a bat and ball or watch a game,” says Donald Elliott, General Manager, Australian Cricket Technology. 

“HCLTech has already supported us in transforming our tech stack and improving Australian Cricket’s participant and fan digital experiences. The extension of this partnership and the world-class technology it provides will help cricket maintain and improve its place as the leading sport in the country.” 

“We are excited to have been chosen as a digital transformation partner once again by Cricket Australia. Technology is transforming how we access and engage with sports and HCLTech is committed to delivering future-ready solutions to support Cricket Australia’s objective to deliver seamless experiences to its stakeholders and communities,” adds Michael Horton, Executive Vice President and Country Manager, Australia and New Zealand, HCLTech.

Over the years, HCLTech has digitally transformed Cricket Australia’s digital assets including, the Cricket Australia Live app and MyCricket (now PlayCricket), and helped digitise and streamline many of its community cricket processes. HCLTech helped propel the Cricket Australia Live app to the No. 1 summer sporting application in Australia boasting yearly sessions in excess of 100m. Over the course of the partnership, Cricket Australia’s Live app store ratings increased from 2.2 stars to 4.7 stars.

HCLTech and Cricket Australia also collaborate to create technology-oriented solutions for cricket in Australia by bringing together data scientists, developers, tech innovators and sports enthusiasts through TechJam, their global crowdsourcing initiative, in association with Microsoft.

Cricket Australia (CA) is the national governing body for the game of cricket in Australia. Australian Cricket is administered by CA and its members, the six state and two territory associations.

"Cricket is Australia’s one true national sport with a men’s and women’s team that capture the nation every summer along with two of the biggest domestic competitions in the country – the Weber WBBL and KFC BBL," the organisation says.

"Our vision is for cricket to be a sport for all and for cricket to play a role in connecting communities across the country."