Wellington-based cricket data and technology company CricHQ has been re-launched after restructuring with new investment and a new chief executive to lead the company through its next phase of development.
Cameron Harland has been appointed chief executive of the newly-structured company which has been purchased by a small group of local Wellington businessmen.
Harland has a background in film, content and advertising. Most recently he ran Park Road Post Production and previously he worked in advertising and marketing in New Zealand and the United Kingdom including roles with New Zealand Rugby and Saatchi & Saatchi. He also has a strong love of sport.
Harland also serves as a director of Television New Zealand and Weta Workshop.
“Looking ahead I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to take up the reigns at CricHQ. The previous management team have created something pretty special and the challenge in driving its growth both in New Zealand and globally is something I am looking forward to. Seeing the business remain headquartered in the Wellington Region is also a positive.
“I use the scoring app myself for my young son’s cricket and every parent that I have spoken to that uses it loves it. Our goal will be to make it even more relevant for all users.
“Cricket is the world’s second most popular sport, and technology will play a big role in the future of the sport for fans, players and administrators. CricHQ is already used in over 50 cricketing countries as a registration, administration and reporting tool across various aspects of the game and I am absolutely determined to make CricHQ a kiwi global success story.”
CricHQ has also teamed up with Lower Hutt software company Pricemaker, who will manage the technology aspects of the business on contract to CricHQ. Erin Walshe is a director of both companies and said “I am a big cricket fan and have been running a tech business for some time, so this is a great opportunity. Teaming up the businesses is a smart way to draw on broad resource and experience whilst managing costs.”
New Zealand Cricket was pleased it would be business-as-usual for the many cricket teams, players, volunteers and supporters who subscribe to the app.
“We’re delighted the business has been taken over,” said New Zealand Cricket chief operating officer, Anthony Crummy.
“We think it’s great that it will still be New Zealand-based, and we look forward to continuing to work with the new owners.”
Cricket Wellington Chair Sally Morrison says it is an exciting development for Cricket Wellington and the game in general that CricHQ has been reinvigorated and will again be based out of the region.
“We have a long history of working with CricHQ as a partner and huge contributor to cricket here in Wellington and throughout the country. We use the scoring App to support our club and school competitions and we’re very much looking forward to working with CricHQ into the future as a key community and digital partner. This is a really positive direction for cricket because it enables us to share this great game with so many.”
Barnaby Kent founder of My Action Replay, the video tech company acquired by CricHQ in 2017, welcomed the news and said “We are excited to be able to build on the hugely successful integration of the CricHQ and My Action Replay products and platforms. This has already seen ‘CricHQ Video’ deliver an automated live streaming, video analysis and scouting package to a large number of different cricket organisations and countries.”