FTI Consulting renewed its sponsorship of the Most Valuable Player Rankings ahead of summer 2013 - the global business advisory firm putting pen to paper on a two-year six-figure deal following a successful partnership with the PCA and ECB.
The FTI MVPs is a ranking system which analyses the performances of England internationals and their counterparts in county cricket on a like-for-like basis.
The new deal followed a collaboration between FTI Consulting and the ECB at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough. Consultants from the company worked closely with Michael Bourne, the ECB’s Head of Science and Medicine, to analyse the data produced by the FTI MVP rankings.
This provided insights which the Performance Analysis team could build into their overall knowledge database to support various England teams across the game’s different formats.
John Waples, UK Head of Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting, said: “We are pleased with the partnership we have developed with the PCA and ECB over the last few years. The rankings are now well established in the game and have really gained traction with the England team and the county professionals. The banter on Twitter shows how seriously the players and the supporters take the rankings.
“We are delighted to have been able to lend our expertise to the ECB’s Performance Analysis team in assisting to make the various England cricket teams the best prepared in the world game.”
The FTI MVP was first launched by the PCA in the 2007 domestic season to rank each player’s game in relation to his peers. Points are given for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held.
There are also bonuses awarded to those whose runs and wickets contribute to a win for the team, with captains earning points for their command of the side.
Bowlers receive higher marks for among other things good economy rates, bowling maidens and for dismissing batsmen higher up the order. They can also win bonus points for five or more dismissals in an innings.
In addition, batting points are handed out for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs each batsman contributes. Fielding points are awarded for catches, run outs and stumpings.