Team can only win if board officials are shown on TV during matches: study
Chapasthan's national cricket team has recently gone on an unexpected winning streak, romping to victory in matches against opposition no one expected them to beat.
Experts, pundits, ex-cricketers, and teastall and armchair experts have been trying to unearth the reason behind this run of success. People have been pointing to factors ranging from a change in coach to injection of youth that has allowed them to play a more fearless brand of cricket.
Days of speculation ended when a group of researchers released a study yesterday, and the results were not really shocking.
The study by Bombshell Brothers, the research group that insists that each of their published study be referred to by the adjective "bombshell", found that unlike anywhere else in the world, the cameras in Chapasthan are always focused on the cricket board officials during home matches.
"If you notice, when matches are being played in England, India or Sri Lanka … basically anywhere else in the world, the cameras focus on the crowds when they pan away from the action on the field," said Abul Babul, the lead researcher.
"If you notice, when matches are being played in England, India or Sri Lanka … basically anywhere else in the world, the cameras focus on the crowds when they pan away from the action on the field," said Abul Babul
"But in Chapasthan, it has been the practice to focus on the board officials in the VIP box and not the passionate supporters. While this has always been the case, recently the prevalence has increased by 258 percent, and cameramen have been focusing especially on the board president, Kamrul Hasan Phapa.
"We believe this is the reason for the recent uptick in results," said the research by Bombshell Brothers, which is funded by Board, Cricket Board (B,CB).
When asked for the reason behind this, Abul said it was obvious. "In other countries, it is the passion of the fans that bring success. Players are eager to impress the fans so that they can get popular and net lucrative sponsorships.
"But in Chapasthan, the fans will support them no matter how badly the team plays. Here, the players really want to impress the board members, especially B,CB President Phapa. So, he has asked the camera operators to always focus on him, whether or not the team are doing well. And it has worked."
A player, requesting anonymity, said whenever they see Phapa on the big screen, they get scared straight.
"If we are doing poorly, or if someone has dropped a catch, Phapa enormous face on the enormous screen scares the player half to death. It makes a big difference to know that he is watching."
In related news, sales of masks bearing Phapa's images have gone through the roof in the leadup to the next round of matches, as fans are eager to fulfil their dream of being shown on live TV.
The masks are produced by the B,CB.