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FTI Consulting sponsors MVP


ECB and PCA today announced a new three-year sponsorship deal with the business consulting firm FTI Consulting for the Most Valuable Player rankings system.

Under the new sponsorship deal FTI MVP rankings awards will be presented to the leading domestic player at the end of each county season and the leading England player at the end of the domestic international season and the winter tour period.

A monthly FTI MVP rankings award will also be announced throughout the summer for the leading player across the LV= County Championship, Friends Provident t20 and Clydesdale Bank 40.

Marcus Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick scooped the 2009 MVP following previous winners Martin van Jaarsveld and Ottis Gibson

Originally conceived by the PCA, the FTI MVP rankings powered by PA Sport are a cumulative points system that rewards players for every run scored, every wicket taken and every catch held – and how well they do it.

PCA chief executive Angus Porter said: “We don’t just believe the FTI MVP rankings measure the value of a player’s contribution – we know they do.

"For the last three years, the winner of the overall MVP award in county cricket has also received the accolade of being elected ‘the NatWest Players' Player of the Year’ at the NatWest PCA Awards – the ultimate endorsement that the FTI MVP ranking reflects accurately the way professional players assess player performance.”

Recent winners include Ottis Gibson in 2007, Martin van Jaarsveld in 2008, and Marcus Trescothick in 2009.

In the development of the FTI MVP rankings to date, a wealth of player performance data has been compiled. FTI Consulting’s support will enable the PCA to develop the role of the FTI MVP rankings.

FTI Consulting’s technical experience has the potential to mine the existing information and help sharpen player analysis and create new coaching applications for the rankings data in the professional game and, possibly, applications for the amateur game too. This exciting aspect of the sponsorship is being jointly explored at present.

The FTI MVP rankings have been refined over the last two years and are now a robust tool providing a new perspective on player performance. The partnership will help to drive the communication of the relevance of the FTI MVP rankings to a wider audience than just players and coaches, creating debate amongst cricket fans in a sport that thrives on statistics.

“As the firm that helps the stewards of modern business make critical decisions at the critical time, FTI Consulting knows firsthand how powerful it is to have timely, accurate information at your fingertips, which is why this partnership with the ECB and PCA makes so much sense.” said Jack Dunn, president and chief executive officer of FTI Consulting.

Ottis Gibson

Ottis Gibson's stellar performances in county cricket for Durham three years ago helped him lift the MVP award

“We are also honoured to be lending our best-in-class technology, which leading businesses and law firms around the world rely on everyday to turn their voluminous data into actionable corporate assets, to support this exciting way to measure the value of each player’s contribution to the overall performance of the team.”

ECB commercial director John Perera said: “Cricket is a game which thrives on statistics and I am sure that the FTI MVP rankings will become a real talking point for all cricket fans and an invaluable resource for players, coaches and selectors alike."

England all-rounder Stuart Broad pledged his support of the ranking system at Lord’s today: “The FTI MVP rankings are a terrific concept and a great way for players to measure how much they are contributing to the team in all areas of the game.

“I know those players in the England team and throughout the counties will be keeping an eye on the rankings regularly throughout the year."