The 2020 Pakistan Super League was a momentous occasion. The fifth edition of the tournament was the first to take place entirely in Pakistan itself, and was a true celebration of the game itself. As such, CricViz were honoured to be a significant part of one of the most ambitious T20 projects to date, working with the Multan Sultans.
Led by former England coach Andy Flower, and supported by many of his long-trusted backroom staff, Multan put together a team of analytical experts – and CricViz were at the heart of it. CricViz analyst Patrick Noone was placed at the centre of the ‘brains trust’, offering unparalleled data-driven insight from the very earliest stages of the campaign.
Patrick was involved in all draft strategy meetings, using CricViz’s unique Impact model to recommend which players to target, how best to construct their squad. In tournaments such as the PSL, you win games on the draft table as much as you do on the pitch, and Multan recognised that. CricViz’s data and cricket intelligence helped to assemble a versatile and high-quality group of players.
When it came to the tournament itself, we supplied match packs for coaches ahead of all fixtures with detailed analysis on opposition players and ground characteristics.
Being onsite in Pakistan throughout the competition maximised the opportunity for the analyst to offer tailored, targeted insights. They were present at all team meetings with batsmen and bowlers, advising on specific strategies to counter opposition players. Integrated in the dressing room, a part of all plans, Patrick was able to ensure data-driven intelligence was part of every aspect of the franchise.
During the games themselves, the same was true. Patrick was able to offer in-game advice on bowling changes, based on historical matchup data; in matches won by the finest margins, making 20 correct bowling choices is a fundamental chance to get ahead of the game. We provided a mid-season report, highlighting areas of strength and areas of weakness for Multan.
The nature of the relationship between the analyst and the team, and the closeness of it, allowed the players to request specific, bespoke assessments of their own game.
Players, intrigued by what the data could teach them, were able to request breakdowns of all their key metrics and measures, both ahead of the season and with the league ongoing. For several players, this insight proved invaluable.
With CricViz’s extensive support Multan won six of their ten matches in the 2020 season and finished top of the points table before COVID-19 caused the tournament to be suspended.