A part of the Hitwicket Universe that was keenly following
the Under 20 Cup Season 8 had pointed out fallacies in the seeding methodology
used to make draws for the Knockout Stages. As promised then, we have come up
with a new and improved seeding system for the Under 20 Cup Knockout Stages.
The new system has certain elements which are used in Knockout Stage draws of
major sporting tournaments across the globe.
In the new system, we
consider the performance of the group stages for seeding the qualified teams.
In Season 9 of the Under 20 Cup, we have 256 groups with 2 teams qualifying
from each group to the knockout stages. The group toppers will be seeded from 1
to 256 on the basis of Points scored in
the group stages with ties being resolved using their Net Run Rate in the group
stages. Similarly, the runners up of each group will be seeded from 257 to
512 on the basis of Points scored in the group stages with ties being resolved
using their Net Run Rate in the group stages.
First Knockout Round
In the First Knockout Round, the team seeded 1 will play the
team seeded 512 in Match number 1, the team seeded 2nd will play the
team seeded 511 in Match number 2 and similarly, teams will be paired up for
matches against each other based on the seeding with the team seeded 256
playing the team seeded 257 in Match number 256. Thus, the best performing group topper will face the worst performing runner-up
and the worst performing group topper
will face the best performing runner-up.
In the Second Knockout Round, the Winner of Match number 1
will play the Winner of Match number 256, the Winner of Match number 2 will
play the Winner of Match number 255 and so on. The same system will be followed
in order to set up the draws for the subsequent Knockout Rounds. Thus, in this
system, in any round, if a lower seeded
team defeats a higher seeded team, the winning team inherits the relatively
higher seeding of the losing team.
How is this system
We feel that the system is fair because considering the
group stage performance for the seeding would ensure that two group toppers do not face each other in the First
Knockout round (a fallacy of the previous seeding system which was pointed out
and complained about by the Hitwicket universe). The system also tries to balance out formation of groups with uneven
difficulty level. If a team, which is strong enough to top most groups, is
placed in a highly competitive group and ends up being a runner up of the
group, he has to face to a group topper in the First Knockout Round. However,
he has a chance to redeem himself by defeating his opponent in that round and
inheriting his seeding, in turn making his route to the later rounds of the
tournament much easier. This would help us in ensuring that only the best Under
20 teams reach the later stages of the tournament resulting in high quality
competitive matches as the rounds get higher and the teams get tougher.
We hope that you all would liked the changes we have brought
to the tournament, especially those of you who have been preparing for Under 20
Season since past few seasons. Do give us your feedback on the changes.