Jayadevan sees best chance to edge out D/L Method

The ICC cricket committee will consider Jayadevan’s system as an alternate to the existing D/L Method on Wednesday.



New Delhi: V Jayadevan, the man who devised the alternate formula to Duckworth and Lewis Method for truncated One-day Internationals and Twenty20 matches, is gung-ho about the prospect of his more ‘reasonable’ VJD System replacing the 14-year-old rule soon.

The Thrissur-based engineer feels that the best opportunity of his formula getting acceptance with the ICC would come on Wednesday when a meeting of the Clive Lloyd-headed ICC Cricket Committee is held at Lord’s, London.

“Of course, this is the best chance for my system because after a long, long time the ICC is going to review the D/L Method. For the first time since 2005, they will discuss the possibility of having an alternate method,” Jayadevan told MAIL TODAY . “Although I won’t be present at the meeting, I’ve sent to the committee members my views running into 20 pages. I’ve clearly pointed out the mathematical and statistical flaws in D/L Method and the superiority of the VJD System in the same circumstances of a match,” he said.

One reason for Jayadevan being optimistic is that David Richardson, ICC manager (cricket) and ICC CEO-elect, has assured him that his method, which is being used by the BCCI for over five years, would be given a fair hearing. But Jayadevan feels that had he been invited for a presentation, it would have given him an opportunity to explain in more detail his system and remove members’ doubts, if any. An abbreviated version of the report can be found at http://myviews.yolasite.com/.

Jayadevan’s biggest worry is whether the committee members would find time to study his 20-page views. “I wish they get time to go through my views that bring out the anomalies in the D/L Method. If the members read it, half the job is done,” the deputy director ( publications division) in the Kerala Engineering Research Institute in Thrissur, says confidently.

Jayadevan feels that the general view of officials, the media and fans is that these systems are too complicated and only experts can decipher them.

“The inherent fear of people for mathematics seems to have helped D/ Lewis Method being questioned beyond a limit,” he averred. “The D/ L system, even in its 14th year, comprises several silly mistakes. But somehow, it has managed to create an impression in the entire cricket community that it’s highly scientific.”

In the absence of BCCI’s wholehearted support — only Sunil Gavaskar, head of the technical committee, backed his system — Jaydevan says his hard work hasn’t got as much due as it deserved.

“Like in cricket, the ultimate result of a stroke is more important than how it is played, the most important point regarding the acceptability of a method is its reasonability to adjust targets in a truncated match, and here my system is far ahead,” he says.

“A majority of cricketers and officials are looking for a change and hence it makes sense to give an opportunity to VJD System at least for the next two years.” 


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