Ranking the Top 25 Players from the 2014 Caribbean Premier League

Tim Collins@@TimDCollinsFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2014

Ranking the Top 25 Players from the 2014 Caribbean Premier League

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    The 2014 edition of the Caribbean Premier League concluded on Saturday night, with the Barbados Tridents emerging triumphant from a rain-affected final against the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

    Yet another of the domestic Twenty20 leagues to rise to prominence in recent seasons, this year's CPL was another exhibition of explosive cricket across a condensed five-week schedule. 

    To rank the finest players from this year's edition of the tournament, we've used a detailed statistical algorithm to objectively evaluate each and every performance completed in the competition.

    The rankings, and the algorithm used to determine them, are presented across the following slides. 

Calculating the Rankings Step 1: Determining a Player's Role

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    Accumulated statistics form the basis of the statistical formula used to determine these rankings, but it's important to identify a player's true role before evaluating which statistics hold a relevance to each particular individual.

    For instance, a strike bowler should be judged on his bowling statistics alone to prevent his ranking from being harmed by a handful of inconsequential low scores with the bat. The same should apply for a top-order batsman who bowls the odd over from time to time. 

    Therefore, each player is only judged by the statistics that apply to his given role in the side, with the bulk of players being assessed as purely batsmen or bowlers. 

    A player is only determined to be an all-rounder if he has batted and bowled in at least 60 percent of his total matches played.

    All other players are judged purely as batsmen and bowlers, and therefore, only the relevant statistics will be examined.

Calculating the Rankings Step 2: Points Allocation

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    As with all ranking systems, it was critically important to remove the heavy bias of opinion by formulating an algorithm that could objectively evaluate the performances of each player.

    The first step in that process was to award points for each basic statistic accumulated by each player across every match of the 2014 CPL season.

    The points awarded for each basic statistic are listed below:



Calculating the Rankings Step 3: Rate of Performance

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    Given the time constraints inherent in Twenty20 cricket and its emphasis on the rate of scoring, it was vital that each player's accumulated statistics were measured against strike rates (for batsmen) and economy rates (for bowlers).

    To do this, it was necessary to establish a "par" measurement, by averaging the strike rates and economy rates of all players who competed in the tournament.



    With those "par" numbers attained, each player had his statistics measured against the rate at which they were accumulated.


    Batting Examples:

    Batsman 1425112.79124.130.91 (112.79/124.13)386.75
    Batsman 2360151.21124.131.22 (151.21/124.13)439.20


    Bowling Examples:

    Bowler 15859.087.450.82 (7.45/9.09)479.70
    Bowler 24406.327.451.18 (7.45/6.32)519.20

    As you can see, performing this step ensures that quick scoring and tight bowling are rewarded, reflecting the standout factors that are inherent in Twenty20 cricket.

Calculating the Rankings Step 4: Adjusted Points Per Innings

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    The final step in the algorithm averages a player's Adjusted Points Total across the number of innings that are relevant to that player.

    This ensures that players are judged on a per-innings basis, rather than raw, accumulated totals.

    To do this, the Adjusted Points Totals from each player's batting and/or bowling statistics are added together and divided by the number of innings to determine each player's Adjusted Points Per Innings.


    Example (All-Rounder):



    For a player to qualify, he must have competed in a minimum of five innings across the duration of the tournament.

Limitations of the Ranking Algorithm

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    Every statistical algorithm has its limitations and this one is no exception.

    However, it's important to outline the limitations that are inherent in this objective ranking system.

    1. The formula can't account for the match situation. Therefore, runs and wickets compiled in pressured situations don't carry more significance than those accumulated at other times.

    2. The system can only judge a player on the accumulated statistics identified in the points-allocation slide. For example, a bowler who goes wicketless in an impressive spell will receive fewer points than a bowler who claims two fortunate wickets in an otherwise loose spell.

    3. In using par-adjusted strikes rates, the algorithm cannot determine if a player was forced to operate in a defensive manner following the loss of wickets.

    4. The system can't account for the varying degrees of scoring that occur in different conditions and venues.

    5. By judging players on a per-innings basis, this system will inherently favour those who have competed in fewer innings, as it's easier to maintain higher levels of performance across shorter time periods.

    6. Another downfall of evaluating players on a per-innings basis is that all-rounders are severely hurt by their performances in a match representing two separate scores rather than one. However, the per-innings basis needs to be utilised to level the playing field for the bulk of players in consideration who practice a predominant discipline.

    7. The system also can't take into account unbeaten innings, meaning the average-boosting effects of not outs mean little here.

25. David Bernard

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    Team: Jamaica Tallawahs

    Innings: 7

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 26.09

    Without being spectacular, David Bernard was one of the more effective seamers in this year's CPL.

    Across seven innings with the ball, the right-armer claimed six wickets at an economy rate of just 6.12, which included a haul of 3/19 in the first semi-final against Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel. 

    Despite not playing on the international stage since 2010, the bowling all-rounder's miserly performances with the ball contributed significantly to his team's strong run in this year's competition. 

24. Nikita Miller

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    Team: Jamaica Tallawahs

    Innings: 11

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 26.14

    Like David Bernard, Nikita Miller was an effective option with the ball for Jamaica in this season's CPL. 

    A slow left-armer, the 32-year-old claimed nine wickets in 11 innings, doing so at a superb economy rate of just 5.83. 

    Miller's finest effort was his 3/17 against the Antigua Hawksbills on July 31 that helped to dismantle Marlon Samuels' side on the way to a convincing victory. 

23. Jerome Taylor

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    Team: Jamaica Tallawahs

    Innings: 11

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 26.21

    While more expensive than many others in this year's competition, Jerome Taylor was a consistent wicket-taker for the Jamaica Tallawahs in the recently concluded CPL. 

    With 11 scalps in as many appearances, the right-arm speedster finished equal sixth with Samuel Badree and Andre Russell on the competition's wickets list.

    Of course, his economy rate of 8.14 tempered his effectiveness, but the points allocation component of this ranking system rewards those who claim regular victims. 

22. Ben Laughlin

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    Team: Antigua Hawksbills

    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 27.19

    The Antigua Hawksbills endured a miserable campaign in this year's CPL, losing all but one of their nine matches amid a torrid time with the bat.

    One of the team's only bright spots was Australia's Ben Laughlin, who, with his right-arm seam, claimed eight wickets in as many games at an impressive economy rate of 6.85. 

    Additionally, it was Laughlin's 3/7 that tore through Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel that gave Antigua their only victory. 

21. Johnson Charles

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    Team: St Lucia Zouks

    Innings: 9

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 27.60

    In a similar manner to the Antigua Hawksbills, the St Lucia Zouks suffered a disappointing campaign, winning just two of their matches in this year's competition.

    Despite that, Johnson Charles was one of the team's more reliable performers, recording a pair of half-centuries against the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Barbados Tridents, also reaching double figures in all but one of his nine innings. 

20. Rayad Emrit

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    Team: Barbados Tridents

    Innings: 10

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 27.80

    Another of those to be expensive with the ball while also being prolific, Rayad Emrit finished equal fourth on the competition's wicket list with 12 scalps in his 10 outings. 

    A key component of Barbados' title-winning side, the right-armer twice captured three-wicket hauls, while also claiming the key wicket of Lendl Simmons in the final against the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

    And while his economy rate of 8.04 was high, he comfortably finds himself on this list due to his consistent wicket-taking. 

19. Sohail Tanvir

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    Team: St Lucia Zouks

    Innings: 18

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 28.60

    One of the finest performers in this year's competition, Sohail Tanvir is one of the notable players to be hurt by the algorithm used in these rankings. 

    With 189 runs and seven wickets in nine matches, the Pakistani was a valuable all-rounder for his side in this year's CPL, but finds himself lower on this list than he should, due to the system's splitting of his efforts with the bat and ball into separate—rather than combined—scores. 

    That he scored his runs at a strike rate of 181.73 only serves to further illustrate that this totally objective ranking system has limitations. 

18. Marlon Samuels

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    Team: Antigua Hawksbills

    Innings: 18

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 29.84

    Despite his team's disappointing campaign, Marlon Samuels was among the leading run-scorers in this year's CPL.

    Across nine innings, the 33-year-old thumped 332 runs at an average of 47.42 and a strike rate of 139.49. 

    After crashing his way to a blistering 84 against Barbados, the right-hander smashed a ferocious and unbeaten 106 from just 52 balls against Guyana—a knock that included eight sixes. 

17. Darren Bravo

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    Team: Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel

    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 29.91

    Darren Bravo averaged a very fine 42.40 with the bat for Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel this year, helping his side to reach the semi-final stage of the competition. 

    With a pair of half-centuries and two further scores of 33 and 30, the left-hander was among the most consistent batsmen in this season's edition of the CPL. 

    Impressively, both of his 50s came in successful run-chases after his top-order teammates had collapsed quickly, the first of those innings seeing him reach an unbeaten 69 after his team had stumbled to 13-3. 

16. Rusty Theron

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    Team: Jamaica Tallawahs

    Innings: 11

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 31.07

    An economy rate of 8.50 is far from ideal, but Rusty Theron's capture of 14 wickets in 11 innings at just 17 balls apiece sees the South African rise into the CPL's top 25. 

    One of only six bowlers to claim a four-wicket haul, Theron helped to propel the Jamaica Tallawahs into the competition's semi-finals with his ability to disrupt opponents' momentum. 

    After collecting 2-32, it was also Theron's calm 18 not out alongside Andre Russell that helped to clinch victory for his team against Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in the first of those semi-finals. 

15. Ross Taylor

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    Team: Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel

    Innings: 9

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 31.54

    Ross Taylor's ongoing emergence in world cricket continued in this year's CPL, with the New Zealander entrenching himself as a key cog in Trinidad and Tobago's lineup.

    In nine innings, the talented right-hander accumulated 239 runs at an average of 34.14—a tally that included three half-centuries and a highest score of 70. 

    And if not for Andre Russell's heroic explosion, that 70 would have been enough to see his team past Jamaica in the first semi-final.  

14. Kevin O'Brien

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    Team: Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel

    Innings: 9

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 31.98

    Alongside Ross Taylor in Trinidad and Tobago's top-order was Irishman Kevin O'Brien, who compiled 222 runs in his nine innings in the tournament. 

    Of course, it was O'Brien who smashed one of the competition's most memorable innings when he blasted an unbeaten 90 from just 49 deliveries against the Antigua Hawksbills—a knock that included seven sixes. 

    The 30-year-old also thumped an unbeaten 55 to steer his side to victory over the St Lucia Zouks. 

13. Kevon Cooper

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    Team: Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel

    Innings: 10

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 32.58

    One of two standout bowlers for Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Kevon Cooper was a decisive figure with the ball for his team in this year's tournament. 

    Across 10 innings, the West Indian seamer claimed 12 wickets at an economy rate of 6.86, including best figures of 3/26 against St Lucia Zouks. 

    Yet it seems Cooper's talent is restricted to the Twenty20 arena, given that he's only featured at first-class level twice thus far in his six-year career. 

12. Andre Russell

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    Team: Jamaica Tallawahs

    Innings: 20

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 33.61

    If not for his expensive economy rate with the ball, Andre Russell would be right near the top of these rankings.

    Indeed, with 219 runs at a strike rate of 200.91 to go along with his 11 wickets, Russell was among the leading performers at this year's CPL.

    His most memorable contribution was that sparkling 62 not out from 27 balls to dramatically lift Jamaica past Trinidad and Tobago in the first semi-final. 

    But by conceding 8.65 runs per over with the ball, the all-rounder's ranking is hurt slightly by the formula used in this ranking system. 

11. Denesh Ramdin

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    Team: Guyana Amazon Warriors

    Innings: 9

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 41.32

    Denesh Ramdin has never been known as a prolific run-getter, but in this year's CPL, the keeper-batsman was vital for the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

    In just nine innings, Ramdin raced to 250 runs at an average of 41.66 and a strike rate of 142.04, racking up a trio of half-centuries in the process. 

    Of those, it was his brilliant 84 not out from only 45 deliveries against Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel that stood out most. 

10. Krishmar Santokie

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    Team: Guyana Amazon Warriors

    Innings: 11

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 41.38

    Krishmar Santokie has enjoyed a rapid rise in Twenty20 cricket in recent years, further establishing his reputation as a fine limited-overs bowler in this year's CPL.

    In just 11 matches, the left-armer claimed 17 wickets at a strike rate of just 15.2, helping the Guyana Amazon Warriors into the competition's final against Barbados. 

    Having recorded the tournament's best figures of 4/11, the West Indian then claimed an impressive 3/19 in the final, only for his team to fall short in a rain-affect match. 

9. Chris Gayle

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    Team: Jamaica Tallawahs

    Innings: 11

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 41.44

    Despite disappointing campaigns in this season's Indian Premier League and ICC World Twenty20, Chris Gayle returned to form in the Caribbean in recent weeks. 

    With 363 runs from only 11 innings, the veteran left-hander was the third most prolific run-getter in the competition, crunching a century and two 50s for the Jamaica Tallawahs. 

    His unbeaten 111 was also the highest score in this year's CPL—an innings that spanned just 63 balls and contained 10 towering sixes. 

8. Sunil Narine

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    Team: Guyana Amazon Warriors

    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 46.56

    Wherever Sunil Narine goes in the world of Twenty20 cricket, he excels.

    That was again the case in this year's CPL, as the decisive finger-spinner claimed nine wickets at a staggering economy rate of 4.50. 

    Possessing sumptuous variations and immaculate control over his length, Narine rendered some of the world's most explosive batsmen ineffective once more. 

7. Martin Guptill

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    Team: Guyana Amazon Warriors

    Innings: 10

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 49.05

    Martin Guptill has always been a fine limited-overs batsman despite his lack of runs at Test level.

    In this year's edition of the CPL, the New Zealander crunched 358 runs at an average of 51.14, recording five half-centuries as the Guyana Amazon Warriors made a strong run to the final. 

    Three of those milestones were reached in successive matches, the first of which saw Guptill hammer 90 from just 51 balls against Antigua. 

6. Evin Lewis

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    Team: Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel

    Innings: 8

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 51.00

    For most, Evin Lewis is an unknown name, with the 22-year-old yet to play on the international stage. 

    The left-hander, however, enjoyed a breakout tournament in this season's CPL, compiling 321 runs from only eight innings at an average of 40.12.

    Among that tally were three consecutive half-centuries against the Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia Zouks, the finest of which was a 45-ball 77 that propelled his team to victory over St Lucia. 

5. Dwayne Smith

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    Team: Barbados Tridents

    Innings: 10

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 51.49

    Dwayne Smith continued his strong Twenty20 form in 2014 at this season's CPL, establishing himself as one of the tournament's heavyweights in the triumphant Barbados Tridents outfit. 

    In his 10 innings, Smith thumped 353 runs at a strike rate of 133.71, becoming the only player to strike two centuries in the competition. 

    Indeed, the West Indian's thunderous 110 not out from 69 balls against the St Lucia Zouks was among the most spectacular innings of the tournament. 

4. Lendl Simmons

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    Team: Guyana Amazon Warriors

    Innings: 11

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 51.54

    Lendl Simmons unexpectedly caught the Indian Premier League by storm earlier this year, coming in as a late replacement to shine for the Mumbai Indians.

    At this season's CPL, the right-hander continued that blistering form, accumulating 446 runs at an average of 49.55 with four half-centuries. 

    With a mix of calm stroke play and powerful hitting, it was Simmons who steered the Guyana Amazon Warriors into the final with a supreme 70 against Jamaica. 

3. Samuel Badree

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    Team: Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel

    Innings: 9

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 51.62

    Impressively, despite Sunil Narine's ongoing brilliance, Samuel Badree recorded the finest economy rate in this year's CPL, conceding just 4.41 runs per over in his nine appearances. 

    With 11 wickets, Badree also proved more incisive than his West Indian teammate, playing a key role in Trinidad and Tobago's run to the semi-finals. 

    Along with best figures of 3/13, the spinner also managed to complete the tournament without conceding more than 24 runs in a single innings. 

2. Shoaib Malik

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    Team: Barbados Tridents

    Innings: 10

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 52.87

    The key to Barbados' success in this year's CPL was their unrivalled strength at the top of the order.

    With Dwayne Smith often setting the platform, Shoaib Malik regularly controlled the team's innings at No. 4, cruising to 406 runs at an average of 50.75 and a strike rate of 129.71. 

    After already reaching three half-centuries in the lead up to the final, the Pakistani compiled a smooth and unbeaten 55 in the deciding game to steer his team past the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

1. Ravi Rampaul

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    Team: Barbados Tridents

    Innings: 10

    Adjusted Points per Innings: 62.73

    From a statistical perspective, no one in this season's CPL came close to the feats of Ravi Rampaul. 

    Despite never fulfilling his potential at the international level, the seamer claimed a tournament-leading 18 wickets in just 10 matches at an absurd strike rate of just 11.6.

    Also operating efficiently with an economy rate of 6.77 and successfully registering three four-wicket hauls, Rampaul comes out on top of our list for the finest performers of this season's CPL.