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2019 ICC Cricket World Cup AI Predictions

Using AI to predict the outcome of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup 🦗

Motivation

Cricket has always been a big part of my life since. In particular, the international one-day format is always been my favorite. Even after I moved to North America in my late teens, I would wake up early morning on weekends to watch the matches live.

As I am wrapping up my degree in Master of Data Science from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada, I could think of a better pet-project to put some of my data skills to test than predicting the winner of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Data

The primary source of data for this project is ESPNcricinfo.com. The website is truly unparalleled in terms of the wealth of statistics it possesses. Scripts will scrape one-day international matches' and players' details.

The complete data is present in the following files:

  • match_results.csv: High-level summary of ODI matches include teams, ground, winner and margin
  • matches_scorecard_details.csv: All player names and URLs, and misc. match information such as attendance
  • matches_scorecard_player_details.csv: Complete table of player details including style, batting and bowling figures
  • complete_player_details.csv: Compiled table of ODI teams' players with their attributes and stats

To recreate the data files, run the script with your desired start and end years. For instance:

Usage: python scripts/data.py 1971 2019

Sneak Peak at the data

The following bar charts give a sense of the amount of data at hand.

Narrowing in on the top 10 cricketing nations, a look at how well they perform with the bat and the ball.

More to come soon!

Predictive Modeling

Several scikit learn classifiers, including Random Forest, Support Vector Machines and Feed Forward Neural Network, have been used to predict using all the players' batting and bowling statistics. See the perditions here

Dependencies

Python version 3.6.8 and the following python packages:

  • pandas (version 0.24.2)
  • requests (version 2.21.0)
  • bs4 (version 4.7.1)
  • re (version 2.2.1)
  • sklearn (version 0.20.1)
  • matplotlib (version 3.0.3)
  • argparse (version 1.1)

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