The massive success of Indian Premier League has very much changed the dynamics of modern day cricket.
Not only the players have benefitted financially from the league, but the board has also seen its coffers being filled up. Not surprisingly, every major cricket nation has started its T20 league on the lines of the IPL.
Australia has Big Bash League, Bangladesh has Bangladesh Premier League, West Indies have Caribbean Premier League while Pakistan has Pakistan Super League.
Afghanistan are also all set to join the ever-increasing list of countries who have their T20 leagues. And with the new leagues coming up almost every, there has been a debate over which is the best league in the world. The debate is unlikely to be settled in the near future.
Well, ESPNcricinfo has come up with an interesting data which settles the debate over which league is the best as far as fielding is concerned.
With just 20 overs to play for every team, the margin of error is very very small in the shortest format of the game. Every run, every save, is worth gold in T20 cricket. The advent of T20 cricket has made the fielding aspect very very important.
So according to the news outlet, the third edition of the PSL, which was held early this year, witnessed the best fielding standards across all major T20 leagues.
According to the report, the data, which was sourced from Cricket21, this year’s PSL had 82% of catches taken. Champions, Islamabad United had converted an incredible 90.4% of their chances which pretty much shows the importance of fielding.
The catch-conversion percentage is calculated on the basis of the number of real catching opportunities, and how many of them are held or dropped.
The PSL is well ahead of its other counterparts. In the last edition of the BBL, the conversion rate was only 75.6%.
The stats from the Caribbeans is even worse. CPL’s conversion rate was only 72%. On the other hand, the IPL, as of April 29, 2018, has seen 81% catch-conversion rate.