The Open Cricket Manifesto
by Devanshu Mehta
Here is what I want
1. A regularly updated free, open database of cricket statistics. Let’s unpack that.
- Free: Free as in free beer. No cost.
- Free: Free as in freedom. No strings attached.
- Open: Open as in open source, open standards.
2. An open data format for the interchange of cricket statistical data among fans, companies, software and web services.
3. A set of software tools to help create awesome visualizations of the data, and powerful search interfaces in to the data.
What statistics would this contain?
Insofar as they are available, such a resource would have:
- The outcome of every ball of every international match ever played.
- In aggregate, this would provide the career statistics and match records of every international match ever played.
Cricket statistics are not legally owned by media companies, but this is effectively the situation we find ourselves in today. Sure there is Cricinfo’s StatsGuru. And there are independent purveyors of statistical databases (built in MS Access, don’t get me started). But if we ever want to jump-start an academic, amateur or fandom analysis of the game, we need better data and better tools (see retrosheet).