Month: January 2015

Formations: The New Format

This year Cricinfo as well as our auction game will have a change in the formation rules. To put it simply, you must have: –

  • A minimum of 3 Batsmen.
  • A minimum of 3 Bowlers.
  • A minimum of 1 Wicket-Keeper.
  • The rest can be Bowlers, Batsmen or All-Rounders.

This changes will make balancing your team much easier than last year’s auction runs and will make the game more even among players.

Have fun plotting!

Pot Draw Team

An awesome feature of this year’s auctions is the pot team(s). Here are the basics: –

  • Each player will draw randomly one team from a pot consisting of AUS, ENG, NZ, SA, IND, PAK, SL, WI.
  • Each time your *drawn* team from the pot wins in the World Cup, you will get 25 points added to your total.
  • In case of a draw between two teams in the World Cup, then both owners of the respective teams will receive 25 points.
  • On a shot-gun first basis, a player is allowed to change his team free-of-cost for BAN, UAE, IRE, SCO, AFG, ZIM.
  • The pot draw will occur AFTER the auction process immediately.

Good Luck!

 

Transfer Window: Rules & Regulations

A unique feature added to our game this year will be the transfer window. The main rationale behind this move was to allow players to maximize their squads to play all formations or make up for lack of players in their respective department of batting, bowling, wicket-keeping or all-rounding. Here are the basics: –

  • Trade window opens Feb 03 2015 [Midnight] and closes on Feb 11 2015 [Midnight].
  • Each player is allowed a maximum of 2 transfers only.
  • A trade is defined as one player for another player. A trade cannot occur where 1 player is traded for more than 1 player.
  • Each player may transfer with another player ONLY ONCE.
  • Each transfer requires 4 people’s approval to take effect. On successful transfer, a 100 unit fee is charged to each player involved in the transfer which is added to the auction pot. Note: Players involved in the transfer are not eligible for voting.
  • Each transfer between players is confidential. Only the transfer trade in question has to be made to the auction master.
  • Each player’s most expensive cricketer is not eligible for transfer(S). Example: If Amla is your highest player in the squad, then Amla is not eligible for any transfer(S).

World Cup Teams Preview: SCOTLAND & ZIMBABWE

SCOTLAND: Richie Berrington, Kyle Coetzer (vice-capt), Freddie Coleman, Matthew Cross (wk), Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Majid Haq, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Preston Mommsen (capt), Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Iain Wardlaw.

ZIMBABWE: Regis Chakabva (wk), Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura (capt), Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Solomon Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor (wk), Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams.

 

Fantasy Big-Buy: Brendan Taylor is the man here. He keeps wickets, captains, packs a punch in batting and could be a good source of points.

Fantasy Safe-Play: A regular starter/starters for sure! Get your squad completed for those substitution roles here by picking players with good budgeted value.

Fantasy Trap: Exceeding your budget and losing discipline with money when bidding. In the heat of the moment, a big bet on a side which might not qualify may be the difference in finishing for those top four finishes.

World Cup Teams Preview: Australia

Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey (vc), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty

Fantasy Big-Buy: David Warner will be the blockbuster man as he has the advantage of opening, playing on home ground and form on his side. This guy is going to go for big bucks!

Fantasy Safe-Play: Steven Smith is the flavor of the month. His all rounding skills will bring in points from all angles and he might be the all rounding differential everyone is after.

Fantasy Trap: Watson, Maxwell, Clarke. Watson and Maxwell are frustrating players and will test budgets. They can turn innings or flop, buyer beware! Clarke is injured and could be replaced by the second game of the World Cup due to injury concerns.

World Cup Teams Preview: West Indies

West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Marlon Samuels, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor

Fantasy Big-Buy: Gayle Storm! Gayle Storm! Chris Gayle looks in ominous form and will be worth good points especially against Zimbabwe, Ireland, UAE in the group.

Fantasy Safe-Play: D Smith has the opening slot and could bowl in what seems to be a seamer friendly World Cup. This equates to consistent points in any playbook and all should be done to secure his services in your team.

Fantasy Trap: Sunil Narine. His action is under scrutiny and umpires will be looking at him closely so this could restrict him. If he gets called upon by an umpire, it could be the end of his World Cup. Please note that if a player in our game gets banned for action related issues, you do not get a replacement.

World Cup Teams Preview: UAE

UAE: Mohammed Tauqir (capt), Khurram Khan (vice-capt), Swapnil Patil, Saqlain Haider, Amjad Javed, Shaiman Anwar, Amjad Ali, Nasir Aziz, Rohan Mustafa, Manjula Guruge, Andri Berenger, Fahad Al Hashmi, Muhammad Naveed, Kamran Shahzad, Krishna Karate

Fantasy Big-Buy: If there will be a budget purchase, an all-rounder should be taken!

Fantasy Safe-Play: An all rounder once more!

Fantasy Trap: A team whose picks will depends on budgets will have to remain cautious!

World Cup Teams Preview: New Zealand

Brendon McCullum (capt), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Tim Southee, Luke Ronchi (wk), Ross Taylor

Fantasy Big-Buy: B McCullum has been in superb form and his track record as captain in recent games in all formats has added to his confidence.

Fantasy Safe-Play: K Williamson, Southee, Boult will be regular starters and will bring in consistent points. Home advantage is going to be huge for these players and could translate into good points for respective owners.

Fantasy Trap: There is no real weakness in this team as everyone on their day can contribute. Only advice here is to avoid players who can be rotated.

World Cup Teams Preview: Zimbabwe

Elton Chigumbura (capt), Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Solomon Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams

Fantasy Big-Buy: With money an issue, there should be no purchase over 100 units on any Zimbabwe player!

Fantasy Safe-Play: Taylor is the man here as he can score big and keeps wickets as well! Should be taken if a cheap price is on the cards.

Fantasy Trap: This is a budget team and options should be explored on players people pass over! This is not a team where you spend your budget!