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Duckworth and Lewis admit they never intended to provide fair results in cricket matches


Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis have admitted in an interview to a UK magazine that they never actually intended to provide proper results in cricket matches disturbed by rain.

The two British statisticians are known for the famous Duckworth-Lewis method (D/L Method), which is used to decide who wins in interrupted cricket matches. The two have confessed they have been fooling the cricketing world for the last decade.

Scenes after a recent cricket match decided by D/L Method. The match result invited the England captain’s wrath

“The theory behind our method is simple. It says: ‘Those who know cricket don’t know maths. And those who know maths have nothing to do with cricket.’ We took advantage of this theory and had this comic thought of fooling the world by mixing maths with cricket,” explained Mr. Lewis in the interview.

“Yeah, we are cheats but we don’t take responsibility of sending various teams out of World Cups due to rain. It is the fault of the people who manufactured cricket, since they didn’t make it an indoor game. The game is so complicated in itself. Now when rains, storms, tsunamis, or UFOs strike, or earthquakes occur or when the fat umpires let off huge farts, there is bound to be disturbance,” said Mr. Duckworth in the interview.

He continued, “We never actually intended to give fair results to cricket matches. We just wanted to be on the TV news channels every time a team lost because of our method. I personally love it when people talk about me and look at me and say, ‘This is the Duckworth of D/L. His method always makes the wrong team win.’ Our wish is to be on the Time’s list of most influential people on earth. Our best moment so far was when an Irish pop group used our name to call themselves.”

Social networking sites and forums are abuzz with the recent infuriating results in the T20 World Cup in West Indies, where D/L Method was used to decide some match results. “The man isn’t worth a duck, and he is running cricket with his bloody maths,” said an English cricket fan angrily about Duckworth. “Duck” is a cricketing term for a batsman getting out without scoring.


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