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CricViz confirms the launch of AI commentary service

AI commentary service set to make high-quality natural language updates available for all top-tier cricket matches 


London, June 27, 2023: CricViz, the world’s leading cricket data and analytics provider, has announced the launch of their new AI-powered cricket commentary. The first-of-its-kind commentary tool builds on CricViz’s expertise in cricket data analytics and enriches the data collected by CricViz to provide vibrant ball-by-ball updates.  

The AI commentary goes beyond a simple description of each ball and uses CricViz’s enhanced data collection and proprietary metrics such as WinViz and Player Impact scores to tell the story of the game. Over time, the system will be expanded to include a broader set of data linked to other fan engagement tools, such as fantasy games. 

On average, the live commentary service generates approximately 500 quadrillion combinations of narrative content for every 5-minute period of action. A consumer of the live cricket commentary would need to read many lifetimes worth of matches before they see an over described the same way twice.

CricViz has partnered with AI specialists, frog.ai to develop the tool, using machine learning and its proprietary Natural Language Generation platform to create a commentary from CricViz’s ball-by-ball data. The end result is a compelling commentary service that can free up media or journalism staff to do other things. 

With CricViz enhanced commentary, teams can provide fans with ball-by-ball, engaging updates to help fans follow the game in real time. Using the power of AI, CricViz’s new commentary system will be able to cover hundreds of games simultaneously and opens the possibility of creating a professional standard of live commentary for games played at every level, from the World Cup Final through to schools cricket.

Matt Lovering, Managing Director for CricViz said, “We are delighted to harness the power of AI to launch the next generation of automated cricket commentary. The new service will immediately make the experience of following a game online better, and creates the opportunity to expand live ball-by-ball updates to thousands of cricket games around the world.”

David Hipkin, co-founder of frog.ai said, “Cricket’s myriad of analytics presents a wonderful opportunity for the frog.ai proprietary technology to create nuanced, unique and compelling real-time sports commentary. I am proud to announce this partnership.”

CricViz is partnering with leading cricket publisher, Wisden, who will showcase the service during the Men’s and Women’s Ashes and plan to use it to broaden their coverage of domestic and international games worldwide.

Ian Sykes, Managing Director of Wisden said, “CricViz is the market leader in cricket data analysis, and continues to be the perfect partner for Wisden.com as we enter into our seventh year working together. The new AI-powered commentary is another great example of the CricViz team staying ahead of the curve and illustrates how their technology perfectly complements Wisden’s heritage. We are excited to see where the scaling up of this service will take our digital offering and look forward to this and CricViz’s future innovations playing a critical part in helping Wisden deliver first-class cricket content to fans all over the world.”

London and Mumbai, July 11, 2023: CricViz, the world’s leading cricket data and analytics provider, has further added to its team in India with the appointment of experienced analysts Saurabh Walkar and Vikram Chandrasekaran.

As part of their expansion strategy, CricViz has hired two analysts to play a crucial role in the company’s development in India. Their in-depth analysis, data-driven insights and engaging content will empower teams, broadcasters, and fans alike, enhancing the understanding and enjoyment of the game in India.

Saurabh Walkar has an extensive fifteen year background in the field of cricket analytics and is renowned for his planning and strategies based on pitch conditions. He has worked with Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL, Manchester Originals in The Hundred, Guyana Amazon Warriors in the CPL, Delhi Bulls in the T-10 league and the Afghanistan national team.

Vikram Chandrasekaran, based in Chennai, has eight years of expertise specialising in performance and broadcast analytics. He has supported International teams such as Australia, West Indies, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka by providing strategic insights and opposition intelligence as well as  a front-end analyst with teams in PSL, TNPL, KPL, BPL, T10, CPL and WPL. Alongside this, Vikram has worked as an analytics producer with Star Sports Select Dugout for two IPL seasons.

Subhayu Roy, Director of CricViz in India commented, “CricViz has been at the leading edge of data-driven intelligence in cricket. CricViz has worked with marquee names across the globe and helped men’s and women’s teams harness the power of data and plan their paths to the top of their respective formats. The addition of Saurabh and Vikram is the start of our endeavour to make the best of data and analysis available to teams in this region. India leads the world in the sport of cricket, and we have the vision to bring the best of our products along with the highest level of analysis as a service to all professional teams here.”

Saurabh Walkar, Senior Analyst of CricViz in India added, “I am very excited to start this new and exciting journey with CricViz and hope to harness the potential that lies ahead in this field. Being an analyst I depend a lot on the quality of data, and CricViz uses the latest technologies to gather and present data. Trust is a critical part of my work with teams and coaches, I am able to live up to their expectations because of my trust in CricViz.”

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