Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) is providing unique identity number to league cricketers in Karnataka under KSCA’s UID number project. This number will be issued to cricketers registered with clubs affiliated to KSCA. It is presently at data compilation stage, will be completed by December.
Details of nearly 850 cricketers registered with clubs in Mangalore zone have been forwarded to KSCA to prepare their UID number. The process will also be taken up for players of Shimoga, Hubli, Mysore, Raichur, Tumkur zones, as well as players representing clubs in league cricket in Bangalore, which does not come under the zonal system of the association.
Once data compilation process is over and UID numbers generated for cricketers, it will be hosted on KSCA website. All noteworthy performances in league, zonal and other age-group tournaments of KSCA that one has participated in can be viewed at the website along with their personal details such as picture, domicile, and address.
An important benefit of this project would be the transparency that it ushers in the selection process. The selectors now will have an additional reference point to know how a cricketer has fared in a particular season, even though he might have had a bad day in office in a key match that the selectors watch. The system aims at ironing out negatives and projecting the positives among the vast pool of cricketing talent in the state.
Since league cricket is played on weekends, match scores will henceforth by updated on the website latest by Tuesday. Even stalwarts like Rahul Dravid, who recently returned to second division cricket too will get this number in addition to their Ranji Cap number that will be reflected in the player profile. The UID will create a common platform for cricketers across Karnataka to know where they stand among their peers.