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Intel partners with ICC to create first ‘smart’ cricket tournament

US technology giant Intel has agreed a deal with the International Cricket Council to serve as an innovation partner of this year’s Champions Trophy one-day international tournament.

The ICC said the partnership will make the Champions Trophy the first ‘smart cricket tournament’.

The ICC will work with Intel to elevate the fan experience at the tournament, and help coaches and players improve performance. Specific details of the partnership will be revealed in the coming weeks.

ICC chief executive David Richardson said: “This is an exciting announcement for the ICC as we continue to focus on innovation and technology to enhance both the game and the experience of the fan. The innovations we’re working with Intel on for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 are like nothing we’ve seen in the sport before and I’m delighted to welcome them to the ICC family.”

James Carwana, general manager of the Intel Sports Group, added: “We will be deploying a range of technology at the event as part of the our ongoing effort to bring a new level of data analytics to sports and to revolutionise how athletes train, coaches teach, scouts evaluate talent, and fans enjoy sports.”

This year’s Champions Trophy will take place in England and Wales from June 1-18.