Earlier this year Toyota, England Cricket’s official car partner, sent out a call to cricket fans to come up with ways of making the game better and they have responded with a wealth of ideas. An independent panel of judges has scrutinised the entries and selected three finalists to put to a public vote: a touch-sensitive boundary marker, GPS tracking linked to an app to follow every player on the field and an electronic system to make time in the practice nets more productive.
Toyota spokesman Stuart Sanders said: “Our Future of Cricket campaign has produced some fantastic suggestions on how the game could be made more interesting, engaging and rewarding for players and fans alike.
“Our three finalists all make clever use of technology to help add excitement, improve insight and develop playing skills. Now we need people to let us know which one they think would have the best impact on the game.”
The three top proposals will be available to view at www.toyota.co.uk/bettercricket from Wednesday, 17 August. People have until the 31 August to vote for their favourite idea; everyone who votes will go into a draw to win a cricket bat signed by the England team.
The prizes for the person who comes up with the most popular idea will include a cricket bat signed by members of the England team, a pair of tickets for England’s Royal London One Day International against Pakistan on 4 September and the chance to meet one of England’s international squad members*.
They will also have the chance to be involved with Toyota and the ECB in exploring how their idea might potentially be put into practice in the game.