I have an idea - let's collectively rank the fast bowlers in history. I have a shortlist of 32 bowlers and I would be happy to add more (however, I'd probably like to keep the number to a multiple of 4 as that makes life a lot easier).
The way that this will work is that each of the 32 bowlers will face off in a series of round robin votes. Each vote will have 4 bowlers that will be ranked 1 to 4. After each round, the bowler with the lowest score will get eliminated.
This will give us surviving at the end of each round:
0 - 32
1 - 24
2 - 18
After round 2, 14 bowlers will have been eliminated. A poll will decide which of these 14 was "most unlucky to have been eliminated". The top two will then reenter the competition and 4 groups of 5 will be formed.
Round 3 will see 4 bowlers eliminated. Half our bowlers will be left. The bowlers will then be seeded based on previous totals from 1 to 16.
Single header eliminations will then occur with 1v16, 2v15, 3v14 etc...
Then quarter finals, then semi finals, then a final. By the end, we should have a new cricketworld fast bowler ranking. In all this means seven rounds of voting. I will open one new thread per round and give 24 hours for each vote, until we hit the quarter finals, at which point I will give 48 hours per vote.
Any new bowlers will be randomly added to a round 1 group (bringing the total to five bowlers in that group), from which two bowlers will be eliminated.
Players who end up with the same ranking will be ordered based on a countback of their voting records. An average position per round will be used for the countback. If two players have the same countback a tiebreaker vote will be called for those two players.