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MVP RANKINGS: Shahzad leads the way early for Sussex


Early days it might be but Ajmal Shahzad’s winter move to Sussex sees him top of the PCA's county MVP Rankings, having scored 143 runs and taken 12 wickets from matches against Hampshire and Worcestershire.

The fast bowler’s previous highest position in the LV=CC MVP Rankings was 41st back in 2009 and he’s finished outside the top 100 in three of the last four years. At Hove this weekm Shahzad returned only the fourth five-fer of his career (a career-best 5 for 46) as he tore through Worcestershire, having produced figures of 3 for 54 and 3 for 63 at the Ageas Bowl a week earlier. He’s also chipped in with valuable runs: 35, 28, 45 not out and 35.

Shahzad has played 11 one-day internationals and three T20 matches for England either side of his Test appearance against Bangladesh in 2010.

The Formula

The MVP is a cumulative points system that rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held - and, how well they do it. A player achieves bonus points based in certain criteria. An overview of the formula is set out below:

Batting + Bowling + Fielding + Captaincy + Winning = Total MVP points

Batting: The basis of the batting points take into account runs scored, the rate scored at, and the percentage of the team's total. Batting bonus points are achieved for reaching a century, achieving a benchmark run-rate (varies per tournament, i.e. 1.5 runs per ball in the Twenty20), and scoring over 30% of a team's runs

Bowling: The basis for the bowling points take into account the number of wickets and economy rates. Bowlers achieve higher points for getting out higher order batsmen Bowling bonus points are achieved for achieving a benchmark economy rate (varies per tournament, i.e. fewer than 6 runs per over in Twenty20), taking 5 or more wickets in an innings, and bowling maidens.

Fielding: Points are accumulated for catches, run outs - direct hits, run outs – assists, stumpings, with bonuses for 5 fielding dismissals in an innings.

Captaincy: A captain of a winning side will receive one bonus point

Winning teams: All members of a winning team receive one bonus point

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