The MVP was initially designed in 2006 after an extensive review highlighted that traditional stats do not fully reflect performance. The MVP was born ahead of the 2007 season and was developed and tweaked over the following 14 seasons to reflect the changing nature of cricket.
What is the PCA MVP
- The PCA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Rankings is a unique algorithm that was originally developed in 2007 by the PCA and the players to identify the most effective players in the game.
- The PCA partnered with cricket’s leading analytics specialists CricViz ahead of the 2021 season in order to relaunch the MVP, with key metrics including comparison to average or expected performance in each format now taken into account.
- The MVP tracks the top performers in all domestic and England fixtures, with individuals accumulating points to determine the very best players at the end of the season
How is it designed?
However, the biggest refinement of the formula came ahead of the 2021 domestic season. Working with CricViz, one of cricket’s leading analytics specialists with access to the world’s most extensive cricket database, the PCA received feedback from hundreds of players via two surveys, conducted player working groups and made use of one-to-one dialogue with some of the leading players from both the domestic and international game.
The result is the PCA MVP Rankings that you see today. Every single PCA member from across the game ranked according to their performances in professional competitions
- Points are earned by comparing performance to the average or expected performance in each format
- ‘Traditional’ stats such as runs, wickets, economy rates and strike rates are also taken into account
- Each player is ranked in every game to produce an ‘MVP of the Match’
- Cumulative game totals contribute to points tallies for each competition as well as cross-format Overall MVPS
The MVP Formula
- More value placed on top-order runs
- Scoring quickly is rewarded
- Wickets carry more value in high-scoring games
- Top-order wickets are more valuable
- Low economy rates are rewarded
- Bowling maidens is rewarded
- Captain of winning team
- Every member of winning team
- MVP of the Match
- Performances carry more value based on the influence they have on the match situation ball-by-ball
- Average scores on that ground are taken into account
- Dynamic formula is live due to continually monitoring par scores
- Runs carry more value in low-scoring games & wickets more valuable in high scoring games
- Batting in the top four carries more value
- Scoring a high proportion of your team’s runs is rewarded
BATTING POINTS + BOWLING POINTS + FIELDING POINTS + BONUS POINTS = TOTAL MVP
MVP Point Accumulation & Tables
The PCA keeps track of the top performers in the game in distinct ways:
- MVP awarded for every single domestic and England fixture known as a MVP of the Match
- Points over a season are accumulated, with the top-performing individuals rewarded at the end of the season in each format in domestic and international men’s and women’s cricket with an overall table designed to compare players throughout all formats.
- The MVP Rankings identifies the nominees for each Player of the Month award, with the final winner identified via a public vote. The top four MVP points scorers for that month produce the four-player shortlist.
PCA MVP UPDATE
New from 2021
Supporters can be immersed in the tables with the options to quickly sift between the players based on certain metrics. If you want to see the top ranked players according to batting, bowling, fielding or average points you can do so with the click of a button. You can also view the MVP in a team-by-team table, so if you just wanted to see the Yorkshire players for example, this is easily done via the new-look MVP.
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