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Our site was inspired by the World Development Movements 'Who should I cheer for' initiative for the Football World Cup in 2010 (www.whoshouldicheerfor.com). We thought it would be fun to show you how each country participating in the upcoming Cricket World Cup measures up to a wide range of economic, social and environmental indicators. This is not a scientific measurement but using various data bases and statistics we wanted to see how cricket playing countries faired against each other in terms of achieving quality of life; and because we didn’t just want to tell you the answer, we’ve shown you how we did it!

You have probably heard people talking about poverty and the differences between less developed and developed countries, but how does it all work?

Let’s take a look at the indicators that we used. The statistics were taken from several sources, named below.

Infant Mortality Rate:

Infant mortality rate represents the probability or number of deaths of infant dying between birth and exactly age 1, expressed as per every 1,000 live births. When a country is not as developed, it usually has poorer medical and sanitation facilities. Babies especially, are very vulnerable to disease and have less of a chance of surviving. Often babies do not survive past the age of one. Clearly the data shows that the developing nations have a higher infant mortality rate compared to that of the developed cricket playing nations.

(Source: Human Development Report 2014)

Gross Primary Enrolment Ratio:

Gross Primary enrolment ratio is the total enrolment in primary level of education regardless of age; it is expressed as a percentage of the official school-age population for the primary level of education. Gross primary enrolment ratio can be greater than 100 due to repeating class and students enrolling earlier into the class before the allowed age.

(Source: Human Development Report 2014)

Internet Users (%):

The percentage of internet users represents the percentage of people of a country, who have access to the worldwide network. While about 80% of the people in the developed cricket playing nations have access to the internet, in the developing countries less than 20% of the population have access to the internet.

(Source: Human Development Report 2014)

Environmental Performance Index:

A country’s approach to the environment can reflect a lot about its people and development. Countries are ranked based on 25 performance indicators across 10 policy categories covering environmental public health and ecosystem vitality. The score ranges from 0-100 and the higher the number is, better the country’s environmental policies are. In the case of our cricketers’ countries, our top earners are also on top of environmental performance. However, in some cases, a lack of development allows countries to be more environmentally friendly as limited industrial and technological development can result in less pollution.

(Source: Environmental Performance Index –Yale Centre for Environmental Law & Policy 2010, 2014)

GDP per Capita:

The value of the goods produced per person directly reflects how wealthy a country is. The value of goods produced in a wealthy country, like the United Arab Emirates with $57,045, is high where as in a country like Zimbabwe - with $1337- the GDP is one of the lowest in the world.

(Source: Human Development Report 2014)

Income Inequality (GINI index %):

Within a country, different people will earn different amounts of money. Usually in less developed countries, there is a huge difference between the amount of money the poorest person earns and the amount the richest earns. The score ranges from 0 to 100, where 0 implies perfect equality in income distribution and higher the number is over 0, greater the inequality in the country. The data shows that, both developed and developing countries alike, most of the world cup playing nations have income inequality in the range of 30s with the exception of South Africa and Zimbabwe, both of which have a GINI coefficient above 50.

(Source: Human Development reports 2010, 2014)

Corruption Perception Index:

Countries are ranked based on “the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians”. The score ranges from 0-100 and the higher the country’s score is, less corrupt it is. Corruption is defined by “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain”. The presence of corruption slows down development as much needed funds that should go into development goes into the pockets of corrupt leaders. Some of the indicators that define this index are electoral fraud, nepotism, bribery, cronyism and slush fund. Interestingly, less corruption is perceived among the developed cricket playing nations compared to the developing cricket playing nations.

(Source: Corruption Perception Index – Transparency International 2009, 2013)

Democracy Index Score:

This index ranks countries, based on 60 indicators, to measure their levels of democracy. The score ranges from 0 to 10 and is split into 4 categories – 0-3.9 authoritarian regimes, 4-5.9 hybrid regimes, 6-7.9 flawed democracies and 8-10 full democracies. Apart from United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, all our cricketing countries are hybrid, flawed or full democracies.

(Source: Democracy Index – The Economist Intelligence Unit 2006)

Gender Inequality Index:

Gender inequality index is a composite measure, which represents the inequality in achievement between women and men in three dimensions, which include reproductive health, empowerment and labour market. The gender inequality index varies between zero and one; zero means men and women fare equally and one means men and women fare poorly compared to other in all dimensions. It is not a surprise the rich, developed cricketing nations have little inequality compared to their counterparts. However, it is important to notice that none of these nations have a zero score in gender inequality index, which means that no matter whether a country is developed or not, there is inequality existing between men and women.

(Source: Human Development Report 2014)

Happy Planet Index:

This index ranks countries according to their level of human well-being and environmental impact. The Score ranges from 0-100, where the greater number suggests better well-being and less environmental impact. The HPI was developed to challenge indices, like the Human Development Index, that do not take environmental impact into account. The score is established using the following indicators: average subjective life satisfaction, life expectancy at birth, and ecological footprint per capita. Among our cricketing nations, Bangladesh scores the highest point in HPI with 56.3 points, whereas, South Africa scores the lowest with 28.2. Interestingly, there is no clear distinction between the developed and developing nations in which country scores better in the Happy Planet Index, which also indicates that being rich/wealthy nation does not necessarily make the country’s citizen’s to be satisfied with life and to have a less ecological footprint per capita.

(Source: Happy Planet Index – New Economics Foundation 2009, 2012)

Carbon dioxide emissions per capita:

Carbon dioxide emissions per capita represents the amount of carbon dioxide released from anthropogenic activities in tonnes. The sources of carbon dioxide emissions accounted for include burning of fossil fuels, gas flaring, production of cement and depletion of forest areas.  It is calculated by dividing the amount carbon dioxide emission by the midyear population of the country. Unsurprisingly, the data shows that the richer nations tend to emit higher amount of CO2. Hence, their development which contributes to their wealth also contributes to high carbon emissions.

(Source: Human Development Report 2010)


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