The trouble with T20I statistics

It is not difficult to get the usual T20I statistics from Statsguru.

The question is that whether matches between ALL the 60-odd T20I teams need to be considered for meaningful statistical comparisons. Especially when many of the teams have little cricketing tradition, and are not showing any worthwhile performances against the experienced teams.

T20I women’s matches have been even more one-sided, with numerous instances of single-digit totals such as 6 all out.

Is there a way in which we can extract meaningful statistics for “major” T20I matches from Statsguru? Yes.

Borrowing ideas from Playfair’s annual, whose statistics section only counts matches where one of the teams is a Test or ODI team:

I am considering only T20I matches where BOTH teams have played Tests and ODIs at some time. (This is important as there are several teams such as Canada, Bermuda and Kenya which earlier had ODI status, but now do not.)

After removing the multi-national teams such as ICC XI and Asia XI (and removing the defunct East African team), we get the following 24 teams which are considered for “useful” T20I statistics:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Australia
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Bermuda
  5. Canada
  6. England
  7. Hong Kong (HK)
  8. India
  9. Ireland
  10. Kenya
  11. Namibia
  12. Nepal
  13. Netherlands
  14. New Zealand (NZ)
  15. Oman
  16. Pakistan
  17. Papua New Guinea (PNG)
  18. Scotland
  19. South Africa (SA)
  20. Sri Lanka (SL)
  21. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  22. United States of America (USA)
  23. West Indies (WI)
  24. Zimbabwe

In the next post, I will give the summarized statistics for the “relevant” T20Is in the calendar year 2021. The last two matches were between the USA and Ireland, which was drawn 1-1.

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