What is Cricsheet?
Cricsheet is Retrosheet for Cricket. We provide ball-by-ball data for Test Matches, One-day internationals, Twenty20 Internationals, some other international T20s, and all Indian Premier League seasons.
At the moment we have ball-by-ball information for 1,948 matches, comprising 285 Test matches, 668 One-day internationals, 94 other one-day matches, 378 T20 internationals, 65 international T20s, and 458 IPL matches, featuring 48 countries and 11 teams, going back as far as 2005.
The most recent matches added to the site are: the Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe ODI match that was played on the 21st of November, 2014, the New Zealand vs Pakistan Test match that finished on the 21st of November, 2014, and the Australia vs South Africa ODI match that was played on the 21st of November, 2014.
Currently we have 82.72% coverage across the entire site, with 98.62% coverage of Test matches, 87.21% coverage of ODI internationals, 92.87% coverage of T20 internationals, and 100.0% coverage of IPL matches.
The data is provided in number of zip files, one of which contains all of the matches, and the others certain sub-sets of matches, such as for type of matches, matches for certain countries or teams, or periods of time. Below is the listing of the data grouped by types of matches, or you can see the full set of downloads.
Using the data
What could you do with the data? Well that’s up to you really. You could investigate who are the best and worst value players in the IPL. Or see how much difference different non-strikers make to the scoring rate of the people they bat with. Or come up with something completely new that revolutionises cricket like finding the equivalent of DIPS (Defense independent pitching statistics) from baseball.
The data format
The data is provided in YAML format, a human-readable data format. There are libraries available to parse this in multiple languages. As for the structure of the file, hopefully it is clear enough when you have a look at the data, although a full description of the format is also available.
How can I help?
Spotting errors in the data
The first method of helping would be to spot any errors in the data. Ideally we won’t have any but there’s always the chance and if we can spot the errors we can fix them and write further validation to ensure that further examples don’t slip through.
Helping with missing data
The second method of helping is to help us get ball-by-ball data for our missing games. This doesn’t even have to involve finding the data, it’s possible you know a contact who may be able to shed light on some matches, or you know of someone who has the commentary for a match on tape. Even small bits of info might be enough to put us on the right track.
We do have an infrequent blog to which we occasionally post about updates to the data format, additions to the site, or random musings. The most recent entry was “9 new countries, 91 new matches” on the 6th of January, 2014.
Getting in touch
You can contact the project at stephen (at) cricsheet (dot) org. Feel free to get in touch, we love hearing about what people are doing with the data.