Andrew Strauss considers this a step of progression for England cricket before ICC World Cup 2019 © Getty Images
Andrew Strauss considers this step of progression for England cricket before ICC World Cup 2019 © Getty Images

English Cricket Board (ECB) are set to introduce a unique system of selecting players through a computer program that is tentatively scheduled for March 2017 for an ODI series that is arranged in UAE. This contest will feature two teams in which four players and one spinner who will be automatically selected on the basis of Professional Cricketers Association’s (PCA) Most Valued Player (MVP) ratings formula. ECB managing director Andrew Strauss has backed this idea considering this as progression for national side towards ICC World Cup 2019. Strauss said, “This is good opportunity for England, domestic players and the game.” ALSO READ: Stuart Broad set to face dissent charges by ECB

He further mentioned, “Finding the best players outside the current England set-up, playing them against each other in overseas conditions and placing them in an England environment will help us see if they’re ready for international cricket.” This series will feature two teams i.e. North vs South, as mentioned in reports of Times of India. This will be a lead-up to English cricket’s domestic 50-over competition of Royal London Cup, for next three years. This new system is based on points system for batsmen as per their strike rates, average and percentage pf their team score. As for bowlers, they shall receive points for dismissing top order batsmen. ALSO READ: Pakistan, Sri Lanka agree with England’s proposal of points system

Strauss also said, “As a player you always like to see how you rank – it gives you recognition and here it comes with the added bonus of getting further into the England reckoning as we look ahead to the World Cup here in 2019. And for fans it also gives an added element to the Royal London One-Day Cup, putting the spotlight on the players to follow in the 50-over game.”

As per the recent ratings of MVP, the players include those have represented atleast one format with likes of Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara, Jason Roy, David Willey, Luke Wright, Samit Patel and James Vince.