Thursday, November 12, 2009

FICA and the need for a Collective Bargaining Agreement - II

Alright, so after much deliberation and research I've come up with what I think is a pretty good Future Tours Programme from 2015 to 2019. The FTP has been drawn up with the following factors in mind:

1.9 test-playing nations play each other in home and away series (T20, ODI, Test) over a period of 4 years.
2.There are separate windows for IPL and Champions League so that players don't have to choose between their national side and their club. However, players have to be available for selection for atleast 75 percent of the bilateral matches their national side is part of.

3.There will be two Twenty20 World Cups (2016 and 2018) and one Champions Trophy (2017).
4.Every country apart from Bangladesh gets to host a major tournament.
5.The FTP will culminate with the Final Four of the World Test Championship and the ODI World Cup. The Final Four will be decided based on the points per test (Total points earned divided by number of tests played).
6.Every board contributes a percentage of its total revenue into a pool. The total money is then equally distributed among the national boards. The revenue from IPL and Champions League need not be shared.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Supersubs in IPL

A few years ago the ICC tried to use the supersub to spice up One-Day Internationals. The move wasn't very popular with most teams as captains didn't know how to make best use of a 12th man. To be fair to them, having to announce their supersub before the toss seemed a bit odd - Cricketers aren't the most cerebral people around and captains ended up thinking of the supersub as a nuisance.

Since the IPL is a domestic competition (Suppressed laughter) and the BCCI is very keen to provide a platform for young Indian cricketers, they seem set on having only 4 overseas players in the XI. This means there are 6 overseas cricketers who are cooling their heels in the dugout. So how about trying supersubs in the IPL?

1.Announce the XI after the toss alongwith two supersubs.
2.Indian players can only be substituted with their compatriots.
3.Overseas players can be substituted with anyone.
4.Supersub cannot bat for someone who has been dismissed.
5.Supersub can only complete the quota of overs for the player he replaces. If the player he replaces hasn't bowled, the supersub can bowl 4 overs.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Partnership Efficiency

A few months ago I was discussing the importance of rotating strike and how there was no real indicator of the efficiency with which two batsmen worked a partnership. In an ideal world, you'd want the batsman scoring faster to have all the strike. Of course the chances of that happening are worse than that of Harbhajan scoring a hundred. So maybe there could be a parameter that can tell how good the batsmen were in ensuring the one scoring faster got enough strike. I like to call the parameter "Partnership Efficiency". Simply defined, it is the ratio of balls faced by the two batsmen divided by the ratio of their strike rates. For example, if batsman A has scored 35 off 35 balls and batsman B has 42 off 50, the partnership efficiency for this pair would be (35/50)/(100/84), which is 58.8%. As a captain you could look at whether your big hitters are getting enough strike. You could also look at which pair in your side is the most efficient and ensure they get to bat together for as many overs as possible. You could also analyze how well your bowling and fielding units have done to ensure the fast-scoring batsmen in the opposition aren't getting as much strike as they should.