The FTI MVP ranking system has been overhauled and now features a £10,000 reward for the county cricketer who scoops the top prize, the PCA has revealed.
The system, which got under way again last week, analyses the performances of players around the country on a like-for-like basis.
FTI MVP points are earned for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held. Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and for dismissing the top order, whilst batsmen are rewarded for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs they hit.
Among the changes this year, however, will be more points across all formats for those notching 40 and 50 per cent of a team’s total, for top order batsmen, in recognition of their greater challenge against the new ball, and for those who hit big hundreds.
It will also be harder to receive a strike rate bonus in YB40 cricket, reflecting an overall increase in scoring rates for this format, and dot balls in FL20 cricket will also become more valuable.
But the most eye-catching of all is a four-fold increase in the prize-fund for the player who out-performs his contemporaries over the course of the 2013 season.
PCA Assistant Chief Executive Jason Ratcliffe said: “We are now entering the seventh season of the FTI MVPs. After increased player consultation we’ve made some subtle improvements.
“These enhancements to the formula will mean that the ranking system will be an even more accurate judge of the best performances in both county cricket and the England set-up.
“I’m confident that alongside the honour of beating their contemporaries, the fantastic new prize of £10,000 will prove a real carrot around the 18 counties.”
The exciting changes follow the renewal of the sponsorship of the awards for the next two years by global business advisory firm FTI Consulting.
John Waples, UK Head of Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting, said: “We are pleased to continue our support of English cricket through the renewal of the FTI MVP sponsorship.
“The formula changes make the FTI MVPs even more relevant to players and coaches and will be a terrific tool in the analysis of performance at the professional level.”
For the first time this summer supporters will be able to interact with the FTI MVP awards via a monthly competition run by FTI Consulting asking them to predict who will be England’s most valuable player.
The lucky winners will get their hands on prizes including Ashes tickets and signed England memorabilia. Full competition details and terms and conditions can be found at www.fticonsulting.com/FTIMVP
As well as the extensive coverage on the PCA website, fans will also be able to get closer to the action than ever before via the FTI MVP Twitter feed - @FTI_MVP_Cricket - powered by Opta.
Opta CEO Aidan Cooney said: "When we started working with the PCA last season we wanted to innovate and bring some of the concepts we have seen used successfully in other sports to the game of cricket.
“Our work in social media, with our own popular @OptaJim acccount, has provided fans with snapshots of information to ignite debate.
“We are looking forward to helping the FTI MVP Twitter account do the same. Fans will get insights into performance as things happen in real time and milestones can be celebrated as they occur."
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