When one looks onto the horizon of the cricket future. The 20 year horizon that is. One sees the BCCI still opposing the DRS but the umpires will have BMW hover boards to take them from square leg to the standing umpire position.
There may be many cool additions to the game of cricket but what will the cricket gear market look like. Who will boss the industry?
The primary piece of real estate on the cricket field, is probably the brand name on the face of the batsman’s bat. One can imagine that by 2035, these stickers will be electronically changing on the bat of the batsman thereby allowing the batsman to take on 3 or 4 title sponsors.
The title sponsors will have become so different. Big conglomerates will have stepped in and begun vying viciously for the advertising services of the big name players. Whoever the Chris Gayle of 2035 will be, will have a full sponsorship from Red Bull. This player will be decked out in everything but the wings. An aerodynamic microweight helmet that is weightless until an object comes near it for impact. This helmet will include a transparent titanium grille, no more problems with not seeing through the grille. This helmet will of course be equipped with an HD GoPro, just better and Red Bull will sell the rights of footage from this camera to the broadcaster.
Apple and Samsung won’t want to miss out on the giant opportunity that cricket is presenting and will also start producing smart technology equipment. Bats that tell you when you have hit the sweet spot and pads and data sent directly to your I-phone 20 Super Plus. In fact most of Inida’s batsmen will be using Apple gear, except for the few that are using MRF and Coca Cola stuff. Pakistan on the other hand, who are now hosting their home games in Pakistan will have most of their batsmen using Samsung cricket gear. In fact bi-lateral series between India and Pakistan will be known as the Apple-Samsung Cup.
Titanium bats made by LG will also be a feature, although LG will struggle to bring it to market under a patent lawsuit from Dennis Lillee.
Pink cricket balls will be a thing of the past and Kookaburra will have lost the rights to make international cricket balls to gaming conglomerate EA Sports. EA Sports will have designed ball that changes color by itself based on the conditions. EA Sports will have also stepped in to beam advertisements onto the pads of batsmen. Teams will challenge this ruling but ultimately EA Sports will win
As coach of England, Kevin Pietersen will be using the Boeing made sky catching system to train his fielders for high catches in the deep. The precision ball launching machine produced by Boeing will be able to give inch perfect catches, allowing fielders to practice their juggling one foot in, one foot out catches.
GM and Gray Nicolls will have moved their headquarters to China and the USA where they simply have become a cog in the large cricket gear manufacturing machine. They primarily produce gear for traditionalist purist cricket fans who still want to hold onto the game the way it was.
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