PCB set to re-launch biomechanics lab in Lahore to keep check on 'chuckers'

Karachi, Nov. 6 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set to re-launch its biomechanics laboratory at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore, after neglecting the costly equipment for years.

The biomechanical equipment was procured for about 460,000 dollars when Nasim Ashraf was in charge of the PCB, and was meant to be installed by December 2008. Since then all the equipment - 18 cameras along with the other supporting apparatus and the relevant software have been unused, reports the Daily Times.

"We are very enthusiastic about technology and keen to see the biomechanics lab functioning as soon as possible," said PCB director academies Intikhab Alam.

The project was put on hold by the then chairman Ijaz Butt after PCB's audit revealed massive financial mismanagement and the construction contract for the laboratory where the equipment was to be housed was suspended, the paper said.

"We are in no doubt about its scope and execution in research and for the development of the game and we obviously want to see the technology to be used in our players' development. We look forward to the use of the tool that will not only help bowlers to correct their flawed actions but can also help the batsmen to enhance their performance. It can also prevent injuries and be used for rehabilitation process," he added.

"I don't know why the equipment was unattended but now we have been given the go-ahead by the chairman and we have started retrieving all the documentation and updating them accordingly to kick off this landmark project," he further said.

"We have entered the first phase of negotiation with the experts to be taken on board for making the lab functional," Alam said.

The NCA biomechanics lab is equipped with state of the art Advanced Motion Capture Architecture from the UK-based Vicon Motion Systems Limited. The lab will operate with 18 motion-capture cameras and 6 high-speed video cameras.

Once operational, the PCB will be the only board in Asia to own a biomechanics lab.ANI)


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