Cricketer’s deaths in 2016

A bit late this time. This covers various people connected with cricket who passed away in the calendar year 2016. It includes all Test players and several other categories such as Test umpires, prominent journalists and administrators, prominent female cricketers and better-known domestic cricketers (mainly from India and England). Some subjectivity is involved here.

Cricketing deaths-2016

I had earlier done similar summaries for 2014 and 2015, which can be found elsewhere on this blog.

Summary statistics of T20 2016 World Championship

 

For 2016 alone:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;filter=advanced;orderby=matches;size=200;spanmin1=24+Feb+2016;spanval1=span;template=results;trophy=89;type=allround

For all matches in this World Championship since 2007:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;filter=advanced;orderby=matches;size=200;template=results;trophy=89;type=allround

Those who are familiar with Statsguru should be able to extract various parameters such as total runs, batting averages, strike rates etc. from the output of these links.

Summary of the 2016 Asia Cup

Though the Asia Cup is considered a small sideshow in the cricket calendar, it has been held sporadically since 1984. India won that first tournament in 1984 and now has a total of 6 titles, including 2016 which was held in the 20-over format for the first time. It is expected that it will be held in this format whenever it is held in the same year as the World T20 Championship.

For the full history see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_Cup

The leading individual performances are given below:

Most Runs (80 and above)

Total runs

Somewhat ironically the most runs were scored by a batsman from Hong Kong which played only in 3 matches in the first round. From the “main” teams Sabbir Rahman scored the most runs (176) and  was named the “Man of the Tournament”. Babar Hayat and LD Chandimal were the only ones to cross 50 twice.

Highest Individual Scores (50 and above)

Highest batting

RG Sharma made the highest score (83) among the main teams, followed by Sabbir Rahman with 80.

Bowling: 4 or more wickets overall

Most wickets

Among players from the main teams, the lesser-known Al-Amin Hossain took the most wickets (11) followed by Kulasekara, Mohammed Amir and Pandya with 7 apiece.

Best innings bowling: 3 or more wickets

Best bowling

Malinga’s 4-26 is the best performance for the main teams. Unfortuately for Sri Lanka that was the only match he played. The next best is 3-8 by Pandya. Al-Amin Hossain was consistent with three 3-wicket hauls.

Most dismissals (3 and above)

Most dismissals

Not surprisingly, Dhoni topped this list along with SP Patil of the UAE. Nurul Hasan had the most stumpings (3). The most catches by non-keepers were 6 by Babar Hayat and Soumya Sarkar.

Overall all-round performance (at least 40 runs and 4 wickets):

All-round overall

Useful contributions by Mahmudullah and Shakib, besides the trio from the UAE.

All-round match performances (at least 20 runs and 2 wickets)

Match allround

Rohan Mustafa had the best all-round match performance,while Mahmudullah had the best performance among the main teams.

It is interesting to see that India won the tournament without any spectacular performances (except RG Sharma’s 83). The whole performed better than the sum of the parts, which is supposed to be the hallmark of a good team.

 

Making sense of the T20I World Championships

First, it is not the T20 World Cup but the World Championship.

It begins in earnest on March 15 and ends on April 3. Before this there are the qualifying rounds (which also rank as T20Is and World Championship matches) from March 8 to 13.

In these qualifying matches we have:

Group A: Bangladesh, Netherlands, Ireland, Oman

Group B: Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Scotland

The winner of Group A (probably Bangladesh) joins the big boys in Group 2. The winner of group B (probably Afghanistan) joins Group 1.

So we have the Super 10s in

Group 1: England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Afghanistan(?)

Group 2: India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh (?)

My prediction for the semi-finalists are West Indies, South Africa, India and New Zealand. Many may not agree with this.

On current form, India would appear to be favourites for the title.

Anyway, for the general history of the T20 championships since 2007 you can see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_World_Twenty20

For the last championship in 2014 which had a similar format:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_ICC_World_Twenty20

Schedules for the 2016 championships can be seen in Cricinfo or here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_ICC_World_Twenty20

It is not clear what will happen if Pakistan pulls out for some reason. But it is unlikely that they will be replaced by another team.

You can also amuse yourself with the ICC T20 rankings as on March 6 (after the Asia Cup and two matches between Aus and SA):

ICC Ratings 6 Mar 2016

A related post:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/onwards-to-the-t20-cricket-world-championship/