A brand new, dynamic age-group tournament - the Delhi Premier League (DPL) - has completed trials with aspiring young cricketers this week. With a future IPL contract in mind, over 25,000 9-19 year old passion-fuelled cricketers applied. PitchVision was essential to the selection process.
In a world-first, and perhaps a preview of things to come, a new highly innovative player assessment method was used. Everyone invited to trials was put through their batting, bowling and fielding paces using PitchVision’s Universal Player Assessment (UPA). It’s the first time such a large group of players have been through a quantified testing process for cricket.
Many youngsters were from rural areas and had travelled great distances for a shot at the league. The UPA allowed everyone to have an equal chance no matter what their background. It was all about talent over the 7 days that the trials were run.
The best players from 5,000 triallists were culled down to just 300 talented players in line for a place at a DPL franchise. As an aid to coaches’ selection, PitchVision allowed very fast yet accurate processing of players.
If any of the 8 DPL Franchise Coaching Panels were unsure about any player, all they had to do was go back to the archive and view the player’s stats and even the video of his performance, all logged forever on PitchVision Interactive. Click here to view.
These players should consider themselves lucky as the event is approved by the Delhi District Cricket Association. This means that high quality venues are always available for DPL matches. Combined with strong opposition, DPL cricketers are bound to have a huge advantage in the race to play for a full IPL franchise and even the Indian national side.
Many are calling this trailblazing T20 franchise model the future for cricket. Top players like Kevin Pietersen and Chris Gayle are using Twenty20 cricket to earn significant amounts of money. It’s only natural that young players want to emulate their heroes and the best way to do that is to gain experience in a format that closely matches the IPL, BPL or Australian BBL.
The DPL is planning to grow into other Indian cities and with the great passion for cricket in India it’s bound to be as oversubscribed everywhere as it is in Delhi.
The challenge for DPL coaches and administrators is to make sure every player who applies gets an equal chance to show their talent. That is where the UPA is so strong, and there will be more on the details of that metric here on PitchVision Academy soon.
The challenge for the youngsters applying is to put in the hard practice hours before they trial. If you are planning on making it as a cricketer in India, or anywhere, there is nothing more important than practicing hard and smart. If you don’t, one of the other 24,999 certainly will.