The International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed its sadness at the death of mathematician Tony Lewis, who co-developed the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern system of computing target scores in rain-affected limited-overs matches.
Lewis, who died at the age of 78, had developed the original Duckworth-Lewis method collectively with Frank Duckworth, which was embraced by the ICC in 1999 After the retirements of Duckworth and Lewis, Steven Stern ended up being the custodian of the method. His name was added to the system in 2014.
Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager– Cricket: “Tony’s contribution to cricket is huge The present-day system of resetting targets in international cricket is based upon the one developed by him and Frank more than twenty years back.
” His contribution to the game of cricket will be remembered for many years to come, and we send our acknowledgments to his family and good friends.”
Lewis, a graduate in mathematics and stats from Sheffield University, retired as a lecturer of Quantitative Research Methods from Oxford Brookes University. He was designated a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2010.
Cricket is deeply indebted to Tony, states ECB
Previously, the England Cricket Board (ECB) released a statement verifying the demise of Tony Lewis “It is with much sadness that the ECB has found out of the death of Tony Lewis MBE. Relabelled the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method in 2014, the mathematical formula continues to be utilized in rain-reduced limited-overs cricket games throughout the world.
“Cricket is deeply indebted to both Tony and Frank’s contributions to the sport. We send our sincere acknowledgments to Tony’s family”. The ICC embraced the DL method in 1999 after the controversial World Cup game in between Australia and South Africa, which left the latter side stunned after a rain disruption.
Tony Lewis was granted the MBE, Member of the Order of the British Empire, in 2010 for his contributions to the field of mathematics and cricket.