The PCA will be launching its new PCA Player Rankings and Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the domestic season 2007.
The PCA MVP will be the newest benchmark in the game, a statistic that for the first time combines all aspects of a player’s game and gives him a ranking in relation to his peers.
The PCA Player Rankings and MVP is unique in sports statistics. It is an evaluation of the players, designed by the players. It is their game, it is their statistic.
MVP is a core concept in American sport and with its new player rankings, the PCA is confident that MVP will become integrated into the fabric of English cricket.
A player’s overall individual performance
In 2006, the PCA undertook an extensive review of all player-performance related statistics in the game. Our results highlighted that cricket statistics are:
- Too focused on individual elements of the game –averages, run rates, wickets taken.
- Not clear and not relevant to all cricket –ICC rankings and other international stats.
- Not reflective of a player’s total contribution to his team.
Cricket is a game that requires players to be skilled at multiple disciplines. To take wickets, to score runs, to take catches, to affect run outs. The value to a side of a genuine all-rounder cannot be underestimated.
The PCA Player Rankings and MVP are calculated by combining a player’s overall individual performance.
How did we design it?
In April 2006, the PCA set up its Rankings Committee. During the 2006 season, the Committee carried out the following steps:
- An overview of existing player related statistics – strengths and limitations.
- The engagement of a cross section of players to design an outline PCA player rankings concept and its objectives.
- The initial design of a formula to process a player’s contribution to any match.
- The imputing of the first half of the season’s scores.
- A mid-season review with 10 current players and a refinement of the formula.
- The completion of the 2006 domestic season’s results.
- An end of season review – focusing on comparisons of performances.
Current, past first-class and international cricketers have been involved at every step of the design process. The PCA has invested 100’s of hours in the design and development of the rankings formula. It is truly reflective of the players’ view of the game.
The PCA Player Rankings and MVP is a cumulative points system that rewards players for every run scored, every wicket taken and every catch held – and, how well they do it.
A player achieves bonus points based in certain criteria. An overview of the formula is set out below:
Batting + Bowling + Fielding + Captaincy + Winning = Total MVP points
- The basis of the batting points are: runs scored + % of the team’s total.
Batting bonus points are achieved for:
- Reaching a century
- Achieving a benchmark run-rate (varies per tournament, i.e. 1.5 runs per ball in the Twenty20)
- Scoring over 40%of a team’s runs
- The basis for the bowling points are: number of wickets + batsmen wicket points – economy
- Bowlers achieve higher points for getting out higher order batsmen
Bowling bonus points are achieved for:
- Achieving a benchmark economy rate (varies per tournament, i.e. less that 5 runs per over in Twenty20
- Taking 5 or more wickets in an inning
- Bowling maidens
Points are accumulated for:
- Run outs – direct hits
- Run outs – assists
- Bonus for 5 fielding dismissals in an innings
A captain of a winning side will receive a points bonus
All members of a winning team receive a points bonus.
For more information about the PCA MVP Rankings, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org