There’s no dearth of cricket apps on the app stores of any major smartphone platform. Over the years, apps like ESPNCricinfo, Cricbuzz and others have dominated this space. But most of them are similar in what they offer to the end users, i.e minute-by-minute score updates to the live international and few domestic matches, and also articles from leading journalists thrown in with a video or two.
But what about the fans who want to share their views? They’re mostly limited to comment below the articles and/or take their conversation on to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. This is where CricHQ comes in. It’s a niche social networking platform to connect fans with their cricketing superheroes, and is available as a mobile app on multiple platforms.
Funded by cricketers
CricHQ is a cricket focused technology startup which unique in several ways, including the fact that it’s backed and funded by some of the leading cricketers themselves. Started in 2010 as a scoring platform in Wellington, New Zealand, CricHQ has branched out to do several things over the years, and has raised over $10 million in funding, majority of which is from professional cricketers. This includes cricketers like Brendon McCullum, Stephen Fleming, Ravi Ashwin, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Faf du Plessis, Michael Lumb amongst others. According to CricHQ, professional cricketers like the ones mentioned above own over 70% of the company.
Mashup of Cricinfo and Twitter
When you first signup on CricHQ, you’re provided with Twitter like profile where in you can post text, photo, and video updates with your unique cricketing perspective from your device. The best part is, you get to follow professional cricketers like McCullum, Ashwin, Hussey brothers and others who are also sharing their updates on the same platform, and directly interact with them.
Other than that CricHQ boasts of the biggest collection of cricketing data in the world. So you can follow cricket matches and keep track of the statistical figures of your favourite cricketers.
Not just for Professionals
CricHQ aims to be the one stop destination for everything cricket. So the idea is not just to connect the professional cricketers with their fans, but also to local budding cricketers with their friends and family. When you browse through the profiles of cricketers on CricHQ, you’ll find hundreds and thousands of unknown young cricketers whose performance is being tracked automatically. One can claim their profile officially and start sharing updates with their followers on-the-go. It’s still a far-fetched idea, but looking at how popular the sport is getting, it might very well be the future of cricket in the digital world.
Beyond Social Networking
Although we have mostly spoken about the social networking aspect of CricHQ, the company is offering products and services beyond that. The core product of CricHQ is an end-to-end cricketing tool which helps in administering, sharing, analysing and following cricket. Cricket boards across the world are using CricHQ to create, edit and publish competitions. The dedicated scoring application is fully integrated with the competition management system, so scorers at the ground can download fixture details, broadcast matches live and upload final results with the click of a button.
As you’d expect, CricHQ is betting big with its India operations. Being the single largest market for cricket in the world, CricHQ is hoping to become the de-facto mobile application on millions of smartphones in India. In this regard, the company is expanding its product offerings as well as the presence by ramping up their employee base.
Currently, the company has its development centre in Chennai and is ramping up its operations in Bangalore and Kochi as well. Speaking to TechPP, Jared Sewell, the CMO of CricHQ said:
We see the Indian market as the core engine for CricHQ’s growth worldwide and accordingly have oriented our energies towards expanding our business in India. Over time, we are looking to build an ecosystem that connects cricket fans and cricketers to all levels of cricket in India – from local school and club-level matches to international fixtures.
Jared says that over 90% of the employee base will be based out of India in the near future.
You can find the links to download CricHQ app on iOS and Android. The app is still work in progress, but you can do most of the basic stuff without an issue.