Canberra: Cricket’s oldest institution is all set to go high tech. The Marylebone Cricket Club ( MCC ) has released the first ever Laws of Cricket app. Available for free on Android and iOS , ‘MCC Laws of Cricket’ includes easily digestible explanations of each Law, new imagery and animations and a special Laws quiz.
The MCC has long been looked at and regarded as the custodian and guardian of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket, and all 42 Laws of the game are explained within the app. The Laws are categorised into eight sections explaining everything from how to set up a game to appeals and modes of dismissals.
There are 15 Laws animations available to view, all of which are voiced by writer, broadcaster and actor Stephen Fry and explain various Laws including ‘Damaging the Pitch’ and ‘Obstructing the Field’. Fry has been assisted in his explanations by ‘Tommy’, an animated young cricketer who learns from the Laws simulations throughout the animations.
The app simplifies the Laws of Cricket with 18 separate videos of umpire signals, designed to help players, officials and fans to decipher exactly what an umpire’s movements mean.
The final feature is the Laws quiz, which tests the user on knowledge acquired through interacting with the app. The quiz caters for a wide range of cricketing experience with ‘Beginner’, ‘Intermediate’ and ‘Advanced’ levels available to select. Scores can also be shared via social media.
The app has been developed by MCC alongside digital agency Mobanode, who have previously produced the Laws of Rugby app for World Rugby and have also worked with corporates.
Derek Brewer, MCC Chief Executive, said: “A lot of development work has gone in to this application and it is another example of MCC’s commitment to investing in digital – an area in which the Club strives to remain ahead of the curve within cricket. As Guardians of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket, it is vital that MCC embraces the new audiences that the sport has gained in recent years and makes the Laws of the game even more accessible.