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Duckworth defends D/L method

PROVIDENCE (Guyana): Frank Duckworth, the co-creator of the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method for settling rain-affected matches, has leapt to its defence after it came under fire from England captain Paul Collingwood.

He, however, said the International Cricket Council (ICC) needs to look at the minimum length of an innings required to constitute a Twenty20 match.

At present, five overs of the second innings of a Twenty20 international must be played in order for a winner to be declared. “The ICC ought to look into whether five overs for a valid match is appropriate because you can get this apparent distortion,” said Duckworth.

“In Twenty20 matches, there have been about 70 cases with a D/L revised target or result. And there has only been two moments of dissent, both by Paul Collingwood or ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and both after England did not do very well against the West Indies. It's the high-profile matches that attract attention.

“The other 68 matches — like the one that occurred earlier (on Monday, between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe), nobody queried that and, in fact, the result went the other way. The side batting first (Lanka) won.”

Updated

Duckworth and Lewis updated their system in October last year after the former insisted that the method did not require wholesale revision for T20.

“As a result of that analysis, we did decide that a few changes were needed but these were only slight adjustments to the parameter of the formula.

“The important thing we discovered was that the scoring patterns in Twenty20 fit in perfectly with our formula derived largely from 50-over games,” said Duckworth. — AFP

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