Introduction & Rules

International Cricket League is simply unofficial league cricket for test playing countries played over a 5 year time span. To qualify teams must be test playing countries for the full 5 year period, currently 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2019. There are four leagues, one for each code, and one for a combination of the three codes. For the purpose of the 3-code league, test fixtures are valued 3 times that of 20/20, and one dayers twice that of 20/20.

Each side will play ONE fixture in each code against each other over the 5 year period. ANY number of matches make up a fixture. This simply means that the more matches played within a fixture, the less value each match has within that fixture.

For 'Tests' 36 points are available for distribution, with 6 of those points being awarded to the winner of the fixture, and 30 points available pro rata to each team dependent on the degree of success within the fixture.

For 'One Day' 24 points are available, with 4 points to the fixture winner.

For '20/20' 12 points are available, with 2 points to the fixture winner.

Points awarded will be taken to two decimal places if required.

It follows that for drawn fixtures the points are shared equally.

In the event of any fixture not being fulfilled, points will be calculated, based on the the average points scored per fulfilled fixture in that code. This rule applies if at least 5 fixtures are fulfilled in a code. If less than 5 fixtures are fulfilled in any code, the points awarded for unfulfilled fixtures will be based on the points attained in all codes.
These points will be calculated and added to the tables towards the end of the 5 year period.

All ICC official international matches count, plus World Cup warm up matches, although any bowl-outs or one over eliminators will be deemed as drawn.

Generally, I will publish a new post early in each month, which will include all the results, and the league tables as at the end of the previous month.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

International Cricket League History

International Cricket League began in 1995 after the return of South Africa to the international scene. Initially it was 2-Code cricket until the advent of Twenty/20, thereafter 3-Code cricket began from 2005. I started the league in an effort to get the 'ICC' interested in the idea. I felt then as now there is no real structure to the game. Many matches or series are simply a non event for most fans with no one really interested beyond the day of the match, who wins or loses. I want a system where for example, say an Indian or Sri Lankan fan is interested in a match between West Indies and Australia because it affects the Indian or Sri Lankan league position. The 'ICL' idea ensures that every match played throughout the 5 year period has an impact on each countries final league position. In other words there is no such thing as a "Dead Rubber" match. No extra matches are required to be arranged, and countries can continue to arrange fixtures in the current ad hoc manner.
You might be interested to know that I wrote to the 'ICC' in early 2005 with my idea, and received a letter back dated 8th April that year thanking me for my "Alternate Structure for International Cricket", stating that they have themselves been working on a "Review of the Structure of International Cricket" since 2003. Have any major changes been implemented since then I ask? I think we all know the answer.
See below for the final league positions for each competition played since 1995.
You will need to scroll and possibly zoom to view all the final tables.

International Cricket League: The Final Tables: