International Business Corporation has built a cricket ground inside of its Silicon Valley campus. The American MNC is trying to encourage engineers and developers to step away from their computers for a while and engage in physical activities.
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, IBM has installed a regulation cricket oval for their employees. The project was the idea of IBM executive, Dinesh Nirmal. As part of the ‘Cricket and Code’ program, Dinesh hopes the initiative will bring ‘heath, connection and creativity’ to the employees and high school students within IBM’s AI camp.
The ground was inaugurated on April 30th. India’s consul general in San Francisco, Sanjay Panda attended the ceremony. Panda has been an advocate of Indian tech community in the bay area.
Dinesh Nirmal said in a statement to Sportstechie, “I think cricket and coding have a lot of common. As with Software development, you need to be agile, to respond in an instant to unforeseen events- in cricket you have to calculate in the blink of an eye how the arc are affected by onset of wind, for example. In both, you need to pay attention to the quality. Cricket is also collaborative. If you are a fields person, for example, you need to able to read the pitcher’s mind. It’s the same teamwork I see in the lab.”