Recently, I turned 47 - not a monumental 'milestone' age, but one where we certainly start contemplating where life has taken us and what lies ahead until the big one, the 'half century'. One of the thoughts that keeps recurring is ‘when did I stop taking the stairs two steps at a time?'. Like most people of my age, I am now cautious and conservative enough to climb the stairs step-by-step. I may take a little longer to get to the top, but I save stressing the seam of my pants and also the potential for an embarrassing trip - should my quad power not match up to that of my youth.
This thought led me to start thinking about the stair analogy with regard to cricket organisations around the world. In my role, I am lucky enough to meet with leaders of cricket clubs, associations and organisations globally, most of whom are of a similar age to me - and who I am sure are ‘one step at a time’ people as well!
As many of you will no doubt be aware, CricHQ is the world’s largest digital platform for cricket; allowing cricket organisations to drive administrative, marketing and stakeholder connection benefits through moving from historic paper-based processes to a cricket-specific enterprise-level digital platform. In addition, players, parents and other fans are better engaged in the game through live scoring, player profile access and in-match social media feeds - and soon-to-be-introduced match video solutions.
The CricHQ platform allows us ‘one steppers’ to bound up the stairs of cricket administration and stakeholder engagement. Tasks that previously took days to complete such as competition management or player registrations, or were simply impossible to consider such as a mass email or social media posting, become simple with CricHQ. Similarly, the user-generated content nature of live scoring creates a wealth of playing data. This assists in match selections, player talent identification and post match player performance analysis and improvement. If these are the possibilities for us ‘one steppers’, imagine what how far the limits really could be.
My 47th birthday resolution is to start taking two steps at a time, regardless of fears over outcomes, for the benefits of my fitness and health. My challenge to cricket administrators worldwide is to start to metaphorically do the same by implementing CricHQ, for the benefit of their unique cricket communities and our great game generally.
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CricHQ was founded in 2010 by CEO, Simon Baker and a leading group of world-famous international cricketers. Today, CricHQ is the world's largest digital platform for cricket. The company has grown to be the online home for all levels of cricket around the world, making cricket even better for everyone by providing mobile enabled cricket administration, high performance, data and content management tools and CRM capability for cricket organisations; our customers include national governing bodies, cricket associations, thousands of leagues, tournaments, clubs, schools, teams and millions of players, coaches, parents, administrators and of course the fans.
CricHQ employs more than 100 staff across six countries including; New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan and England.