Am I the only one who gets angry when Cricinfo's bowling designations come up? In the case of spinners, they get it right, but they're so bad when it comes to fast bowlers, it's insane.
For example, Cricinfo continues to insist that Andrew Flintoff is Fast Medium. In fact he bowls at 90 mph regularly, whether in tests or ODIs. That is Right Arm Fast. Period, end of sentence. Makhaya Ntini never hits 90 mph. His fastest deliveries in the recent series have barely touched 85 mph. In Sri Lanka, it was even slower. (I know the pitches don't help fast bowlers in Sri Lanka, but even his yorkers which go through the air didn't register 85 mph). Yet Ntini is Right Arm Fast. He should be Right Arm Fast Medium. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan is considred Right Arm Medium. He bowled regularly at over 85 mph. He should be Fast Medium. Irfan Pathan is Left Arm Medium Fast, yet he bowls quicker than Zaheer Khan, who according to Cricinfo is Left Arm Fast Medium. What gives? Shaun Pollock is Right Arm Fast Medium, yet he barely touches 80 mph! He should be Right Arm Medium Fast. Lasith Malinga was hitting 90 mph in the ODIs, but he is Right Arm Fast Medium, which is a recent upgrade from his initial Right Arm Medium Fast designation. Jason Gillespie barely registers 85 mph and is often at 82-83 mph, yet he is Right Arm Fast. I know his pace has dropped since his collision with Steve Waugh, but so too should his designation. Cricinfo needs to revamp how they do classify it entirely. Here's my suggestion:
Fast: Above 88 mph
Fast Medium 82-88 mph
Medium Fast 75-82 mph
Medium: Below 75 mph