Fielding Performance Measure in Cricket: Issues, Concerns and Solution
The issues related to quantitative analysis of cricket data gained momentum with the increasing popularity of cricket. Most of these analyses are based on precise quantification of player’s performance. With increasing importance of limited overs game, especially the Twenty20 format of cricket, saving runs has become equally important as scoring them. Thus, the necessity of including the fielding ability of a player in the evaluation of performance seems essential. But in the absence of any appropriate tool to quantify fielding performance, this has not been properly attempted. In this chapter, a formula for measuring the fielding performance of cricketers is developed; an approach that was never attempted by any other cricket analyst, as quantifying of fielding performance always remained a challenge as it has never generated any performance statistics directly.
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