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By Ashwin Kumar
Please note this is a humour article — work of pure fiction
New Zealand’s premier cricket broadcasting channel Sky Sport has come in for severe criticism from India’s Aam Aadmi Party leader and noted psephologist Yogendra Yadav, for not backing up its Winning and Score Predictor (WASP) results with raw data.
The WASP, which made headlines and climbed up Twitter trends, dynamically calculates the probability of a team winning or losing a match and displays a percentage prediction. “I think it’s amazing that Sky Sport has chosen to come out with such a dynamic prediction, but how can it be trusted when there’s no raw data to prove its claim? What are the factors that have been taken into consideration? How much has each factor in the sample contributed towards the final probability? Until we, at the Aam Aadmi Party conduct our own internal survey on whether WASP is trustworthy or not, we do not abide by the predictions given by the tool,” Yadav told The UnReal Times. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, too, extended his full support to Yadav, saying, “Even if a court validates and certifies WASP until we do, it is invalid. We will sit on a dharna in protest against Sky Sport if they continue to use WASP until we validate it.” Continuing his unabated criticism of WASP, Yadav also said that the tool lacked knowledge of “The Idea of Cricket.”
Meanwhile, top Indian author Chetan Bhagat has already pressed plagiarism charges against Sky Sport, alleging that the latter lifted the idea of WASP off his frequent Facebook polls on how many netizens would vote for each party. “What the hell, yaar? I’m doing the exact same thing – dynamically calculating chances of each party every now and then in the run up to 2014 and these guys have cleverly adapted the same idea for cricket, without giving me credit! Life is unfair – it happened during 3 idiots and it’s happening now as well!” an angry Bhagat fumed.
Sources added that after the new surge in popularity of WASP, the Election Commission of India has decided to pre-emptively ban the usage of the tool in the run up to the 2014 elections.
(Ashwin Kumar is a humorist with www.theunrealtimes.com where this article was originally published. The UnReal Times is India’s favourite satire, spoof, parody and humour portal)