Performance analysis is to become increasingly key in county cricket, believes Nottinghamshire’s Kunal Manek.
Manek was an integral member of the 2017 backroom staff as a Performance Analyst, helping the Club clinch a Royal London One-Day Cup and T20 Blast (now Vitality Blast) white ball double, as well as promotion back to Division One of the Specsavers County Championship.
Data he collected and fed back to the coaching team both on Notts’ players and their opponents helped planning for each match, as well as facing specific players.
“I think my field it’s going to become more and more important, particularly in the shorter formats of the game,” said Manek.
“That’s the way the game is going with the IPL and the Big Bash. The analysis in those tournaments is absolutely paramount to the success of the team.
“At the moment, there are quite a few part-time analysts on the county circuit but I believe within the next few years pretty much every county will have a full-time analyst.”
“Peter Moores has taught me a lot in terms of the way he approaches the game and likewise with Paul Franks.”
Manek says the way the coaching team that includes Head Coach Peter Moores, Assistant Head Coach Paul Franks, Bowling Coach Andy Pick and Assistant Coach Ant Botha have embraced his methods has been crucial.
He oversaw analysis of all 45 competitive fixtures last season across the three formats – T20, 50-over and four-day cricket.
Manek said: “Being my first role with a team, I’m very fortunate to be around this coaching staff that are helping me develop into an effective analyst.
“Peter Moores has taught me a lot in terms of the way he approaches the game and likewise with Paul Franks and the rest of the support staff.
“The coaching staff we have here are among the best in the country. They have the right balance between the traditional game and embracing science and analysis developments.
“There’s a really good balance, which is testament to the success we had last year. It’s attention to detail.”
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