Arnab

February 8, 2005, 10:44 PM

After BD has secured their first TEST and ODI series victory, one would think that Rediff's ranking would include Bangldesh.

But no. Zimbabwe is there. But not the team that beat them.

Let's recount my encounter with them in December 2003.

> What is your justification of totally blacking out

> Bangladesh from the rankings? You did count the wins

> against BD, didn't you?

>

> There's not even one mention of BD in the whole

> section. Any logical person will conceive this as a

> deliberate omission. Suffice it to say that it is

> absolutely tasteless on your part.

Dear Arnab,

We do not count wins against Bangladesh in the Rediff test ratings.

In fact, in our calculations we completely ignore Bangladesh. So, in

some ways, it is indeed a "deliberate omission".

Having said that, we must mention that Bangladesh would've had a rating

very close to 0 even if we had included them.

If you look at the way the ICC ratings are devised, they too indirectly

ignore Bangladesh. If the original ICC formula were applied to

Bangladesh (or Kenya), the winning team would actually lose points even when he

defeat Bangladesh. So ICC comes up with a different formula so that

teams at least do not lose points if they defeat very weak sides.

We are personally very keen that Bangladesh should do well -- how great

it would have been if they had beaten Pakistan!

For now, the choice is either to include Bangladesh and show a zero

rating, or simply omit Bangladesh from the list till their performance

improves. We have chosen the second option.

Srinivas Bhogle

But no. Zimbabwe is there. But not the team that beat them.

Let's recount my encounter with them in December 2003.

> What is your justification of totally blacking out

> Bangladesh from the rankings? You did count the wins

> against BD, didn't you?

>

> There's not even one mention of BD in the whole

> section. Any logical person will conceive this as a

> deliberate omission. Suffice it to say that it is

> absolutely tasteless on your part.

Dear Arnab,

We do not count wins against Bangladesh in the Rediff test ratings.

In fact, in our calculations we completely ignore Bangladesh. So, in

some ways, it is indeed a "deliberate omission".

Having said that, we must mention that Bangladesh would've had a rating

very close to 0 even if we had included them.

If you look at the way the ICC ratings are devised, they too indirectly

ignore Bangladesh. If the original ICC formula were applied to

Bangladesh (or Kenya), the winning team would actually lose points even when he

defeat Bangladesh. So ICC comes up with a different formula so that

teams at least do not lose points if they defeat very weak sides.

We are personally very keen that Bangladesh should do well -- how great

it would have been if they had beaten Pakistan!

For now, the choice is either to include Bangladesh and show a zero

rating, or simply omit Bangladesh from the list till their performance

improves. We have chosen the second option.

Srinivas Bhogle