The Cricket World Cup will start off today opening a two month extravaganza followed by millions of persons all over the world. With the addition of six non test playing nations, the cricketing interest is likely to percolate even to countries like Canada, Bermuda, Netherlands, Ireland, Kenya and Scotland.

In all this sporting excitement there is a commercial aspect sorrounding which player will be the man of the match or the amn of the tournament. Such players would be able to commercially exploit their on field performances through advertisment and promotion contracts as well as prize monies.

In view of the commercial importance of such recognitions, it is important to have a good transparent system of rating the player’s performances on the field.

Naavi’s Cricket Rating is exactly meant for thsi purpose. During its grand success in its debut in 1999, the rating methodology has proved to be innovatively different from other ratings. And being a rating specially structured for closed tournaments such as the World Cups, Cricket enthusiasts will find this rating an ideal tool to evaluate the performances of their favourites.

An exclusive feature of this rating is that it evaluates the performance against a “Target”. If a batsmen has scored 100 in 120 balls when the target rate required was run a ball, then he would lose points for the shortfall in the scoring rate and earn only 76 points for the jundered runs scored. If this was against a weak bowling team, the rating would fall further. For example, according to the weightage table used by the rating, West Indies bowling will be considered stronger than Paksitan bowling and hence any score of West Indies will be diluted by a factor of 0.9. If therefore an West Indies batsmen chasing a score of 300 in 50 overs scores a century in 120 balls, his net points earned would be around 72. At the same time the Paksitani batsmen who scores 60 in 40 balls in the same match while stting the target of 300 eould score 80 rating points.

Naavi’s Ratign system will therefore hold the Pakistani batsmen who scored 60 in 40 balls as the man of the match over the West Indies batsman who scored 100 in 120 balls irrespective of who wins the game.

Some may disagree with this system which disregards whether the contribution resulted in victory or not. However, our logic is that the rating automatically takes into account the contribution made to victory since the actual runs scored is modified by the scoring rate factor. Where this rating differs from others is that when a good performance of a player is spoiled by other team members, the rating will identify such spoilers who some time get the wrong credit. If some top order batsman starts accumulating runs to save his career and lets the Dhoni’s or Afridi’s to carry too much responsibility at death, such unsporting team players will be highlighted by this system while all other systems hail the century maker automatically as the Hero of the match though he made it that much harder for the lower end batsmen to work for the victory.

The beuty of such fine analysis will be seen during this worldcup when people follow Naavi’s Cricket Rating unflod

Last but not the least, Naavi’s Cricket rating will be transparent for every netizen to follow the rating differences from match to match because the detailed rating calculation for each match will be made available on the website http://www.naavi.org/cwc_2007

Now, predict and watch who will be the man of the match in today’s Pakistan-West Indies match. Will it be Lara with a blitz? or Yousuf with a slower ton?

Naavi

March 13, 2007

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