Notability criteria guideline for article inclusion
- See also: Wikipedia:Importance and Wikipedia:Criteria for inclusion of biographies.
WikiProject Cricket participants have adopted the following guidelines for notability of a cricket person to qualify as the subject of an article in Wikipedia:
- has appeared in at least one cricket match since 1697 as a player or umpire, played at the highest international and domestic level (for convenience referred to as a "major" cricket match)
- has appeared in at least one ICC World Cup Qualifier match since 2005, or in an ICC Trophy final prior to 2005, as a player or umpire
- has appeared in at least one World Cricket League match of Division Six status or above as a player or umpire
The major cricket qualification includes any player or umpire who has appeared in a Test match since 1877; or in a limited overs international (including Twenty20 internationals) since 1971; or in any major domestic competition or match. Major domestic first-class competitions include the County Championship, the Ranji Trophy, the Sheffield Shield, etc. Major domestic limited overs competitions include all List A matches and the Twenty20 Cup, Indian Premier League, etc. Major individual matches (i.e., played outside organised competitions) are those shown to be significant, especially if historically significant, by substantial sources.
Note that the term "first-class cricket" is misleading. First, it is largely a subjective term as, officially, the classification did not begin until 1947 and will not be applied retrospectively according to the ICC definition. Second, it is essentially about statistics which ignore the more important historical aspect if statistical information is missing. In practice the term is loosely applied to major cricket matches since the 17th century (i.e., specifically to major matches played eleven-a-side with two innings each). But it is better to think of major cricket as an all-embracing term that includes modern limited overs cricket and historic single wicket cricket as well as 11-a-side double innings. Hence, a player who represented Kent in the earliest known inter-county match in 1709 is as notable as a player who represented Kent's first team in any recent County Championship season.
N.B.: Judge notability by reference to a substantial source that makes clear it is discussing a major player or match in historical rather than statistical terms.
In practice, this project has de facto always used CricketArchive as the default for determining first-class status before 1947. This is largely because of online convenience. It must be noted that other substantial sources (e.g., Arthur Haygarth, F. S. Ashley-Cooper, Roy Webber, Bill Frindall, etc.) held different opinions about match status and these sources have at least equal credibility: indeed, they are to a large extent CricketArchive's own sources. It must be remembered that CricketArchive is not always correct and some matches may not even be found there. The point is that an editor is quite in order to use, say, Haygarth for the purpose of WP:Verify re the notability of a given match or player, though it may be worth pointing out that a different view of the said notability is expressed by other sources (including CricketArchive) if appropriate.
The ICC World Cup Qualifier and the World Cricket League are international competitions officially recognised by the ICC in which the participants are teams representing the Associate and Affiliate membership of the ICC.
In addition, non-players who have made a notable contribution to cricket should have articles. These include umpires (as above), patrons, benefactors, administrators, coaches, writers, broadcasters, historians and so on. With these, it is important to ensure that the article's content outlines the person's notability in terms of his or her contribution to the sport. There is bound to be a more subjective view of such contributions whereas an appearance in a major cricket match enables a purely objective view to be taken.
Note especially that the person must have earned notability in their own right; they are not notable if they are only a member of a club, even if the club is notable.
- Clubs, teams and venues
Following on from the above, all clubs and teams taking part in major cricket matches are automatically qualified under the conditions of WP:N and WP:ORG; as are venues used in such matches. Difficulty may arise with clubs that have not competed at major level and, similarly, with venues that have not staged first-class or List A matches. "Minor cricket" is a specific term in the sport that does not necessarily imply a lack of notability; in parallel with sports like association football and baseball, many cricket clubs in "minor leagues" are professionally run and do employ professional players. It is necessary to take an individual view about each country in terms of its own grassroots structure. WP:CRIC has decided that:
Re a venue (aka ground), WP:CRIC has agreed that its regular usage by a notable club ensures its own notability per se. Beyond a purely cricketing outlook, a venue is a recognised named site with a fixed geographic location and established community associations of a permanent nature.
Please note that the failure to meet these criteria does not mean an article must be deleted; conversely, the meeting of any of these criteria does not mean that an article must be kept. These are merely rules of thumb which some editors choose to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to keep an article that is on articles for deletion. But, the terms of WP:ATHLETE and WP:ORG are binding and these must be quoted if difficulty arises in an AfD discussion.
Finally, please keep in mind that the article in question must actually document that the criterion is true. It is not enough to make vague claims in the article or rant about a person's importance on a talk page or AfD page: the article itself must document notability, and preferably in the lead. For example, the introductory text of the article must make clear that the subject is a major, first-class or ListA cricketer.