No support and recognition to person who invented fielding performance measurement
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An Indian researcher and his team who invented fielding performance measure for the first time ever in the history of international cricket are not acknowledged by our very own BCCI and Now Cricket Australia claiming they have pioneered the fielding measurement technique of cricket which is mostly related with the work that has already been conducted by Indian researcher and his team.
Mr. Dibyojyoti Bhattacharjee, Professor at Assam University and two of his other fellow researcher Hemanta Saikia. Assistant Professor at Assam Agriculture University, Hoffie Lemmer, Professor at University of Johansberg have developed a fielding performance measure for cricket in 2012. Prior to that, there was no serious work on fielding performance measurement in cricket.
Their work was a pioneering and path breaking work in this regard. The work was published in the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, Vol. 7, No. 4 in 2012.
Following a facebook post of the publication both print and electronic media including Times of India gave an extensive coverage of that newly devised technique of fielding assessment during February-March, 2013. Understanding the importance of the work Mr. Bhattacharjee and his team contacted the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) but there was no response.
Mr. V. Jayadevan, of the fame of VJD method, (person who developed an alternative of the Duckworth Lewis method) advised them to write to Mr. David Richardson, the then CEO of International Cricket Council (ICC). Mr. Bhattacharjee had a fruitful conversation with David Richardson of ICC, regarding this fielding performance measure. However, the statistician of ICC Mr. Geoff Allardice, was of the opinion that as the method is based on ball-by-ball feeding of data in the computer so there requires a dedicated statistician and a supporting software, both of which were not available back then. Based on the suggestions of ICC statistician Mr. Allardice, they developed a software called "FIELD-O-METER" with the help of two software engineers in 2014 for quantifying fielding performance. However, they could not test or validate this software in domestic level cricket as Assam Cricket Association (ACA) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) did not show any interest in the matter and their repeated appeals to the bodies remained unheard.
Recently, Cricket Australia (CA) claimed to have developed a fielding performance measure. They are claiming of being the pioneer of using statistical analysis for quantifying fielding performance. CA further claimed that this method, developed within Cricket Australia's Team Performance department puts fielding under the microscope like never before. CA website has already started collecting fielding data and published it.
As their fielding performance measure came after Mr. Bhattacharjee and his team published their work they could not claim to be the pioneers in this field. Rather, some part of their process seems to have been inspired by the work of Mr. Bhattacharjee and his team. As there is substantial evidence to prove that this work was developed in India much before it is claimed to have to been developed in Australia, BCCI may still wake up to this fact and pay little heed to their repeated appeals.
Prime Minister of India.
Ministry of youth affairs and Sports, Govt of India.
BCCI, ICC should ensure that the actual work done by Mr. Dibyojyoti Bhattacharjee, Mr. Hemanta Saikia and Mr. Hoffie Lemmer should be recognized. Proper support from BCCI should given be to further test the measure on the field.
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