Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) on Monday launched the Most Valuable Player (MVP) programme, a ranking system designed to assess individual player performances in all forms of the game.
The new MVP program, designed and fully endorsed by professional Australian cricketers, is based on statistics and is a cumulative points system that ranks and rewards players for every run scored, every wicket taken and every catch held in addition to how well their team performs.
The MVP has been established following on from the success of a similar program run by the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) in the UK.
It combines all aspects of a players game and performances to give him a ranking in relation to his peers. The rankings then determine the MVP in each form of cricket and will culminate in the overall MVP.
"The ACA is excited to launch the MVP and proud to partner with MasterCard and Cricket Australia on this project," ACA Chief Executive Paul Marsh was quoted as saying in a CA statement.
"We anticipate the MVP will change the way player performances are viewed as it provides an all encompassing assessment of each players individual performance with statistics that are relevant to the modern game," he said.
Australian batsman Mike Hussey welcomed the move, saying "I, for once, am really looking forward to watching the rankings closely each match."
The calculation period for the 2008/09 International MVP commenced on May 22 with Australias first Test in the West Indies and will conclude at the end of the Australian International domestic season on February 15.