Home | Fixtures & Results | Statistics | Standings | Season archives Legends At Battle returns to it's traditional 5-day/Test format for it's record 10th season. The 12-team, 5 round-robin league format with teams spread across two groups of six apiece which was used for it's fifth season will also be used in the upcoming season. The top 11 Test nations, namely (in order of Test debut) Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Ireland and a Rest of the World XI featuring players from Test cricket's latest addition Afghanistan and other associate nations will feature in the tournament. As the title suggests, teams will have to select at least one player from every decade in which their country has played Test cricket. No more than two players allowed from a particular decade in a 15-strong squad if your country has room for more after the selection of 1 player from every decade - with the exception of Sri Lanka, who are allowed a minimum of three from every decade and maximum of four from any three particular decades; Pakistan may also select three players from one particular decade and no more. On the other hand, Zimbabwe are permitted to pick 5 players apiece from each of their three decades of Test cricket in addition to 3 pre-Test era players in a 18-strong squad; and Bangladesh 6 apiece from each of their two decades of Test cricket in addition to three pre-Test era players. Zimbabwe, along with Bangladesh, Ireland and the Rest of the World featuring Afghanistan and other associates will be the only teams permitted to select 18 players in a squad rather than 15 which is the limit for the other 8 Test nations. The four aforementioned teams' squads have already been handpicked by me to spare you a lot of trouble, but you may still make changes where necessary. For full details, look up the index. Players selected will be rated based on their performances during a particular decade, which means you're likely to get better results from a player who has played in multiple decades if you select him from his dominant decade. For eg: the Sachin Tendulkar of the 1990s where he averaged 58.00 from 69 matches will have a far superior rating to the Sachin Tendulkar of the 1980s (35.83 from 4 matches), 2000s (53.20 from 89 matches) and 2010s (50.01 from 38 matches). A player's role in a particular team may also change depending on which decade you select him from. For instance, the Kumar Sangakkara of the 2000s will be allowed to keep wickets for his team, but the Kumar Sangakkara of the 2010s can only play as a specialist batsman due to him giving up the wicket-keeping gloves in Test cricket at that stage of his career. Time Travel returns The Time Travel feature which was introduced during Season VI will also return for the upcoming season with a few modifications, such as managers of the home team being allowed to choose which particular decade they want a match to be played in. For those not familiar with this, here are a few guidelines: - A decade to travel back in time to will depend on the venue of a particular match, which must be selected by the home team's manager prior to the start of the tournament. For instance, you may travel back to any decade starting from the 1870s if you're playing a match at the MCG, since the first Test to be played at the ground was way back in 1877. - For more recent Test venues such as the Rose Bowl (first used in 2011), the matches can only be played in the current decade i.e the 2010s. - Former Test venues are also permitted for use during their decades of activity such as Bramall Lane (1900s) and the Old Wanderers Stadium (1890s-1930s). - The decade traveled to will reflect on the pitch conditions of the match venue, style of play from both the teams participating and will also affect the ratings of most players. - Players who excelled in a particular decade are also expected to be given a rating boost if a match is staged during in that decade. For eg: the famed lineup wrecker George Lohmann will be absolutely unstoppable with the ball if his team travels back to the 1880s or the 1890s where he averaged 10.69 and 10.80 respectively. The same cannot be guaranteed on matches played in other decades. - Rules regarding balls per over, overs per day etc which have been known to change quite frequently in the past will remain the same regardless of the decade. Unfortunately, that's one thing I cannot change on cricsim despite my obvious skills when it comes to rating players on the Test sim. - With the exception of the current decade i.e the 2010s, every other decade starting from the 1870s to the 2000s may only be traveled to once by the home team during the 5 round-robin. - The decades to play on for the warm-up matches and knockout/playoff stages will be randomly assigned by me. - Failure to specify a decade you want your home match to be played on, selecting an invalid decade for a particular venue or attempting to use a decade more than once (which is the limit for every decade except for the 2010s) for your home match will result in me randomly selecting a decade for your match to be played on based on my own whims. - I will provide you with the basic information on the pitches before every match, but if you still want to know about the pitch conditions of a venue for a particular decade in higher detail, you may take a gander at cricinfo where all the grounds from every country are listed. This is how you usually do it: > Click on a particular country listed. > Click on a particular city in that country. > Select the venue you're looking for among those listed in the city. > When you can see the venue profile, scroll down to "Records and statistics" and click on "Results" > So if you're looking to find out about a match being played at a particular venue, for eg the Adelaide Oval in the 1920s, click on the scorecard links of all the matches listed in that particular era which would be between 1920-1929. The scorecard links are usually listed by the Test match number, for eg "Test # 160". > The scorecards should provide you with a basic inkling on how many runs are generally expected to be scored, what kind of bowlers generally thrive on a particular wicket etc etc. > Unfortunately, you cannot search the same for first-class only venues for teams like Rest of the World such as the Germantown Cricket Club, Merion Cricket Club, The Hague, The Grange etc which can only be viewed if you have a CricketArchive subscription. You could simply take my word for it on this one. > That's all the help I'm willing to provide on this matter. If you're too lazy to do the above mentioned, you needn't bother really. It's just a fictional league after all and losing a match by 400 runs isn't going to affect your life in any way.