Notability criteria guideline for article inclusion
- See also: Wikipedia:Importance and Wikipedia:Criteria for inclusion of biographies.
- This is the expanded detail of the agreed guidelines, that are summarised in the Cricket section of the Notability (sports) guidelines.
WikiProject Cricket participants have adopted the following guidelines for notability of cricket people, men's and women's cricket having equal importance, to qualify as the subject of an article in Wikipedia:
The "highest international or domestic level" qualification includes any player or umpire (both men and women) who has appeared in a Test match since 1877; or in a limited overs international (including Twenty20 internationals) since 1971; or in any senior domestic competition or match.
The countries which acquired ICC Full Member status before the 1947 ICC first-class definition are Australia, British Isles, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies. British Isles essentially means England but it is complicated because it includes Wales and has, at times, included Scotland and all or part of Ireland. West Indies is a loose federation for cricketing purposes of various nations in the Caribbean area. South African domestic cricket extended to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). There has been first-class domestic cricket in the British Isles since at least 1697. It is generally agreed that first-class domestic matches were first played 1851 in Australia; 1864 in India; 1864 in New Zealand; 1889 in South Africa; 1865 in the West Indies.
The countries which acquired ICC Full Member status after the 1947 ICC first-class definition are Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Ireland. In theory, their first-class domestic cricket began when they were promoted but, in practice, it has tended to be when a suitable first-class domestic tournament could be organised. The dates of these were 1947 in Pakistan; 1988 in Sri Lanka; 1993 in Zimbabwe; 2000 in Bangladesh; 2017 in Afghanistan; 2017 in Ireland. Note that all of these countries staged first-class international matches in earlier years.
Senior domestic first-class competitions include the County Championship, the Ranji Trophy, the Sheffield Shield, etc. Senior domestic limited overs competitions include all List A matches and the Twenty20 Cup, Indian Premier League, etc. Senior individual matches (i.e., played outside organised competitions) are those shown to be important, especially if historically significant, by substantial secondary sources as outlined in Historical 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 1895 (i.e., in Great Britain only; worldwide in 1947) and will not be applied retrospectively according to the 1947 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 important cricket matches since the 17th century (i.e., specifically to those played eleven-a-side with two innings each). The "important match" designation was created by the the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians (ACS) in 1982 to classify matches played before the first-class definition. It is better to think of top-level domestic cricket as an all-embracing concept that includes modern limited overs cricket and historic single wicket cricket as well as important/first-class 11-a-side double innings matches. 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.
In practice, this project has de facto tended to use online sites as a sort of default for determining first-class status before 1947 (or 1895 in Great Britain). This is because of convenience. It must be understood that more substantial secondary sources (e.g., Arthur Haygarth, F. S. Ashley-Cooper, G. B. Buckley, Roy Webber, Bill Frindall, the ACS, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, etc.) sometimes express different opinions about match status and these sources always have greater credibility as, indeed, they are to a large extent the sources used by the websites. It must be remembered that the websites, reliable secondary sources themselves, are not always correct and many matches are not even found there. The point is that an editor should if possible use substantial book sources instead of online sources for the purpose of WP:V re the notability of a given match or player, though it is always worth pointing out that a different view of the said notability is expressed by other secondary sources (including the websites) if appropriate. (In addition to WP:V, all articles must comply with WP:NOR and WP:NPOV.)
The four ICC World Qualifier competitions 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 introduction 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 senior 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 senior 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 senior 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 which themselves ensure notability.
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 a biography must make clear that the subject is an important, first-class or ListA cricketer.
N.B.: Judge notability by reference to a substantial secondary source that makes clear it is discussing a senior player, team, venue or match in historical rather than statistical terms.