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A Multi-Stage Integer Programming Approach to Fantasy Team Selection: A Twenty20 Cricket Study

WJ Brettenny
DG Friskin
JW Gonsalves
GD Sharp


Team selection is a controversial topic, even more so when a team performs poorly. Many sport fans believe they can perform the selection process better than those tasked with the responsibility. With the developments of fantasy sport games, fans now have a platform to test their claims, albeit in a purely recreational manner. Participants in fantasy league sport games can select their own team and based on the players’ performances are awarded points. The participant with the highest points is declared the winner. This study proposes a multi-stage integer optimisation algorithm for a fantasy team selection. The sequential capability of the automated selection algorithm is demonstrated in a Twenty20 cricket tournament.