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BCCI now decides to encourage statisticians.

SEVENTY- seven- year- old Sudhir Vaidya, the doyen of cricket statistics, is going to share all his rich experience of compiling figures with a select group of statisticians at a first- of- its- kind workshop to be held on Thursday and Friday in Nagpur.

Apart from Vaidya, a former official BCCI statistician, Dinar Gupte, who holds the current position with the Board, will be delivering lectures to 27 statisticians/ scorers nominated by the Board- affiliated associations.

Vaidya says he has been compiling statistics for 60 years and doesn't remember the BCCI providing such a platform for statisticians earlier, though there have been workshops for scorers. " It's the first time that the BCCI [ in its 87th year] is

organising a statisticians' workshop," Vaidya told M AIL T ODAY . " I'm in this field for 60 years, compiling records and statistics for all types of cricket games -- domestic tournaments to Tests and ODIs." Vaidya, who has compiled seven statistical books besides editing nine volumes on all major domestic tournaments for the BCCI, is excited about the workshop.

" I've jotted down all the points for my lecture, to be elaborated at the workshop.

I am going to speak on how to compile records before a match, during a match and after a match. Different kinds of people -- newspapers, websites, TV/ radio and various other people -- require different kinds of records." " I'll also be speaking on the basics of compiling records and the methods of doing it. You've to prepare [ for all the needs] as you don't know what kind of information people would ask. So, you've to be an all- rounder," emphasised the man who was BCCI's official statistician from 1983 to 2010. " This is a nonstop, round- the- year job, not just during the match, like a scorer." Vaidya said that the love for statistics should come from within. " You should've a deep interest in statistics.

BCCI has asked its associations to nominate people for the workshop. People who're going to attend must have a deep interest in the subject." Gupte, 69, will be the other speaker at the workshop, to be held at the National Academy for Umpires. " I'll be speaking on various aspects, like batting run rate, quotient, averages, strike rate, and in bowling, things like economy rate and strike.

All this will be helpful for attendee statisticians' associations too," said the Barodabased man who has been compiling records for the BCCI for 14 years.

The first ever attempt to encourage statisticians, however, came from Theo Braganza, owner of Mumbai's Marine Sports, in 1987, when he formed the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Scorers of India ( ACSSI). Vaidya was one of its members. " The BCCI has given terrific encouragement to scorers, and good money too, but have put them into statistics [ too], which I feel is wrong. Many statisticians, out of frustration, have left cricket [ for lack of encouragement]," Braganza told M AIL T ODAY .

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Date:Jun 17, 2015
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