Dr Edouard René Ferdinands
The University of Sydney
As convenor of the 5th World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket, I invite not only all cricket scientists, but all cricket enthusiasts, who are somehow associated with the game of cricket - the players, coaches, researchers, administrators , and the general public – to the world's premier conference on cricket science. An outstanding event in itself, the WCSMC 2015 will run in conjunction with the scheduling of the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup, which will further serve to raise the status of this conference, bringing to light the ever growing importance of scientific research in cricket.
Since the game of cricket is ever becoming more professional, the demands on coaches, players and umpires only increase. Smaller increments in performance often determine the outcome of a game: it is that batsman, who has spent the extra time working on a minute technical difference, or that fast bowler who has adopted the most effective means of hydration, or that fielder who has trained under conditions of artificially induced pressure who often performs in the most crucial phases of a cricket match. The key is not just to practice harder, but correctly, using the most effective methods. It is now established that the scientific process can greatly aid in the development of training methods, seeking validated ways to optimise their efficacy, and thereby giving players who choose such methods, a significant performance advantage in the long term.
The challenge, of course, is to bring science to those who matter: the coaches and players who actively participate in the game. The WCSMC conferences in the past have always sought to do this: but in 2015, even more emphasis will be placed on bridging the gap between science and practice. The program content will have a diverse mix of formal research and applied content. For instance, there will be three scientific coaching workshops, pitched at the advanced level for elite coaches and players, each covering a major aspect of the game, presented by a cricket scientist and at least one elite international coach. Sure to be a major attraction at this conference, with elite coaches and players from all around the world expected to attend, I recommend that all interested delegates book their places early to one or more of the workshops on batting, bowling or fielding.
Finally, but certainly not least, the WCSM 2015 will be held in Sydney, one of the stunning major cities of Australia, known for its wonderful sights and sounds. And, to take maximum advantage of this, the conference will be hosted at Luna Park, Sydney's famous entertainment park, near the heart of the CBD, the almost perfect hub from where to visit most of the city's major tourist attractions, and within easy access to some of the best places of accommodation.
The WCSM 2015 should be on the calendar of all cricket aficionados, and it is a must for cricket scientists, coaches and players. It is sure to be an enlightening experience. I look forward to seeing all of you soon!