It took ages for our editorial team to get to the roots of all the player ranking criteria, so if you are cricket fan born with or acquired a knack to breathe in statistics teams, we have reasons to envy you.
For the less informed ones though, we would like to share with you what we have uncovered. If you ever thought D/L was confusing, you have a few more to add to that list.
The ICC Player Rankings is a table where international cricket players performances are ranked using a points-based system. The system is created by performing a series of calculations leading to a sophisticated moving average. Players are rated on a scale of 0 to 1000 points. If a player’s performance is improving on his past record, his points increase; if his performance is declining his points will go down.
The value of each player’s performance within a match is calculated using an algorithm, a series of calculations (all pre-programmed) based on various circumstances in the match. There is no human intervention in this calculation process, and no subjective assessment is made. There are slightly different factors for each of the different formats of the game. this is where it gets a little murky - "Slightly different factors for different formats of the game".
One of our goals is to successfully predict the points for a player at the end of a series, and see how close it is with the ICC's calculations! We will have the results published here.