The IPL job market

February 16, 2008

The possibilities are so amazing. Think of all the mixing and matching that can go on when money meets talent. I wonder if they’ll introduce the substitutions rule discussed earlier. In any case, there’s a great opportunity for all sorts of technicians and number-crunchers now. TA Sekar’s already taken by GMR of the Delhi franchise. There’ll be plenty of space for other backroom boys. And as for the numbers guys, cricket doesn’t use its figures well enough. Will there be a new way of looking at stats? Jeez I hope so. There’s too much of mystery around a player’s form, and indepth reading of it on television is limited to ‘innings since last hundred’. I’d look at baseball right away. And Moneyball would be required reading. The damn runs/average/centuries thing is so pointless.

Incidentally, why would they want to limit the budget allocated for bidding on players to $5 million? The most likely reason – a fear of inequality – should be dispelled by one look at the Yankees.

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