The "Covid-19 Wellness" app has been customized using the EDGE10 sports analytics software to track individual players on a daily basis, BCB stated through a press release
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has introduced an app to monitor the health and mental well-being of players amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The "Covid-19 Wellness" app has been customized using the EDGE10 sports analytics software to track individual players on a daily basis, BCB stated through a press release.
Manager Management Information System of BCB, Nasir Ahmed said the players will find the app easy to access, and can use it from any smartphone or smart device.
It will allow the BCB to stay updated on the health status of the cricketers.
“The players will be expected to respond to a number of questions related to Covid-19 symptoms and behavioral patterns each day. The queries have been set in conjunction with the BCB’s medical team who will monitor the comprehensive data over a certain period of time for risk indication, and separate players if needed based on the information,” Nasir said.
“We have prepared this app in consideration of the unusual situation we find ourselves in due to the spread of the coronavirus. Players have already started putting their inputs. We also have resumption of training in mind as sooner or later we have to get the cricketers back on the field. The Covid-19 Wellnesd app will be a very useful tool for ensuring safety and health of the cricketers and relevant personnel.
“As this is a centrally controlled system, therefore the information gathered will facilitate quick response to emergency. It will help us in accessing control of players for practice, contact tracing, medical attention for suspected cases or even isolation and treatment if necessary. The feedback from players will be analyzed by the app and listed under red, orange and green categories in line with risk assessment. Access to training will be determined accordingly. Designated officials of the BCB will receive an immediate notification via Short Message Service (SMS) whenever there is a red outcome,” he concluded.
Initially, the app will be used to screen the national men’s and women’s teams and the U-19 squad members.
Its range will be further expanded as per requirement.
All the cricket activities have been postponed since March in Bangladesh due to the coronavirus outbreak.
According to Directorate General of Health Services' latest data, Bangladesh recorded 39 deaths and 3,946 new cases of the deadly Covid-19 virus across the country in the last 24 hours.
With the latest figures, the number of total fatalities so far rose to 1,621 and the total number of identified cases in the country now stands at 126,606.