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All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby ianp1970 » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:59 pm

With no sign of any actual cricket for quite a while yet, just a thought for a game we can play in these isolated times:

My cricket captain game has an 'all-time greats' setting, where you can pick a country's starting eleven from your chosen eighteen man selected out of their best ever players. Your team would face off against a similarly chosen XI from XVIII of another country, in a multitude of five-match test series, both home and away.

Managers would need to select players in their 18-man squads who could cover all situations: from an early season, green New-Zealand seamer in overcast conditions to a Sri Lankan Bunsen in the decisive fifth match of a series, with an unfit number one wicket-keeper!

Managers would pick the initial team line-up from their chosen squad for the first match in each of their five match rubbers. Teams for the remaining 4 matches would be picked automatically, with the game-engine selecting any required injury replacements

My initial thoughts for our game would be to have between 8 and 10 players selecting their all-time teams from the main test playing nations* - then playing in a round robin tournament scheduled between 14 and 18 rounds - so assuming a midweek and a weekend fixture for each country, between 7 and 9 weeks.

I would run the series in cricket captain virtual mode, post the results via screenshots, and then formulate a table.

Anybody wanting/willing to participate please let me know here :)

PS: My only stipulation is that I get to play as England.

* Aus, Eng, Ind, NZ, Pak, SA, SL & WI (8) - Ban & Zim (10)
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby Gingerfinch » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:48 am

I'm in

Do we choose which team we want to be?
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby The Professor » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:15 pm

That Sri Lanka and West Indies team could be dark horse
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby ianp1970 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:32 pm

Gingerfinch wrote:I'm in

Do we choose which team we want to be?


I'm guessing that would depend on number of players and their preferred team choices.
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby ianp1970 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:36 pm

The Professor wrote:That Sri Lanka and West Indies team could be dark horse


Both will be decent imo
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby The Professor » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:07 pm

Ah....sorry...thought they were combined like Ban and Zim
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby Gingerfinch » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:10 pm

The Professor wrote:Ah....sorry...thought they were combined like Ban and Zim


Mike won't be happy with you comparing the mighty windies with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe!
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby The Professor » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:02 pm

That's why I thought would be such a formidable team
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby DiligentDefence » Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:37 pm

I'll give it a go.
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby Alviro Patterson » Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:32 pm

Cheers for the message Ian, i'm in

Assuming if there is a choice of nations, the Blackcaps are the only other team for me :D
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:12 pm

I'll try.
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby bigfluffylemon » Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:15 pm

I'm in
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby Red Devil » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:30 am

The kid and I will give it a go - it can educate him on the history of the game as well. He wants India if possible, in which case (since Eng has gone) my preference is WI. Aus and SA in that order would be my back up choices if WI has been taken
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby ianp1970 » Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:43 am

Well that's 9 of us so far:

Ian
GF
Prof (unless you were commenting without intending to play?)
DD
AP
AC
BFL
RD
Jr

I'll give it until the end of today, then make a start tomorrow. If we don't get a tenth player, then I'll run the unpicked team on default mode.

Can everyone post or PM a list of all countries in their order of preference? I will then sort and compile accordingly, using a randomiser if required to choose between any joint selections.
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Re: All Time Fantasy Cricket

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:09 pm

England (ok, it's gone)/West Indies/New Zealand/Australia/India/Pakistan/South Africa/Sri Lanka/Zimbabwe/Bangladesh.
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