Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Think Baseball - Taking Twenty20 seriously

If Twenty20 is to evolve into a serious sport, then competitions needs to be played over a series of matches, like the baseball World Series which has up to seven games.

This is necessary to cut-down the role of sheer random chance which is the inevitable consequence of any short game.

And - since Twenty20 is only about ten percent the length of a test match - to judge a player statistically requires about ten times as many games.

To make a reasonable estimate of ability, we should be looking at Twenty20 player stats averaged over about 100 games (like baseball's 162 games per season).

All of which suggests that a serious sport of Twenty20 could, maybe should, evolve to dominate the whole English summer - each team playing a series of several matches per week, over several months.