Business consulting firm FTI Consulting has signed as sponsor for the ECB and PCA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) rankings system. Under the new sponsorship deal, FTI MVP rankings awards will be presented to the leading domestic player at the end of each County season and the leading England player at the end of the domestic international season and the winter tour period. A monthly FTI MVP rankings award will also be announced throughout the summer for the leading player across the LV= County Championship, Friends Provident t20 and Clydesdale Bank 40.
Originally conceived by the PCA, the FTI MVP rankings, powered by PA Sport, are a cumulative points system that rewards players for every run scored, every wicket taken and every catch held – and how well they do it. Recent winners include Ottis Gibson in 2007, Martin van Jaarsveld in 2008, and Marcus Trescothick in 2009.
FTI Consulting’s support will enable the PCA to develop the role of the FTI MVP rankings. FTI Consulting’s technical experience has the potential to mine the existing information and help sharpen player analysis and create new coaching applications for the rankings data in the professional game and, possibly, applications for the amateur game too. This exciting aspect of the sponsorship is being jointly explored at present.
The FTI MVP rankings have been refined over the last two years and are now a robust tool providing a new perspective on player performance. The partnership will help to drive the communication of the relevance of the FTI MVP rankings to a wider audience than just players and coaches, creating debate amongst cricket fans in a sport that thrives on statistics.