BCB condoles the passing away of co-creator of DLS method Tony Lewis

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) expresses deep sadness at the passing away of mathematician and statistician Tony Lewis, co-creator of what is now known as the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method for deciding weather-affected limited-overs matches. Lewis was 78.

Rain law or Duckworth-Lewis method. Many also call the DL method. The two persons are related this name- Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis. One of the leading practitioners of this famous cricket law- Tony Lewis passes away. The England and Wales Cricket board (ECB) has announced Wednesday.

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“It is with much misery that the ECB has learned of the death of Tony Lewis MBE, aged 78,” said a statement.

Offering his tribute, BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said:

“Tony Lewis revolutionised the game of cricket with a method that is considered the fairest in settling weather-interrupted games. His contribution will be forever remembered.”

Lewis and fellow statistician Frank Duckworth had co-devised the system originally called the Duckworth-Lewis method which was first used in 1997 and officially endorsed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1999. The system calculates targets based on the batting team’s wickets in hand, and overs in hand via mathematical formulas. In 2014, Professor Steven Stern of Australia’s Bond University   became the custodian of the system following the retirements of Duckworth and Lewis.

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