February 19, 2020

How to manage your team in Cricket Manager 2020

Cricket Manager 2020 has a number of awesome features that makes this cricket manager game innovative, sophisticated and exciting!

In this article, we will explore how to manage your team effectively in a little more detail to ensure you enable your players to perform at their best, which in turn means your club grows! After all, if your team isn’t performing, it never means good news for your club’s growth and status.

Learn how to:

  1. View player health, skills and contract.
  2. Understand warning signs such as low morale.
  3. Improve player fitness, morale and condition.
  4. Renew or release player contracts.
  5. How to substitute players between first XI and reserves.
  6. Set your squad tactics.

1. VIEW PLAYER HEALTH, SKILLS AND CONTRACT

As a cricket manager, you need to understand how to view a player’s credentials.

When you select “Team” in the left menu, you will see your lineup, divided into batsmen, bowlers and subs. Select any player and you will see three tabs: overview, skills and contact, in addition to their age, nationality, quality, role and specialty.

‘Overview’ relates to a player’s role, physical attributes and health. Specifically, this includes weight, height and their predominant hand, as well as fitness (injuries), morale and condition.

‘Skills’, the second tab, highlights a player’s main strengths and weaknesses. This is split into batting, fielding and physical & mental. You can boost a player’s skills by employing effective training sessions, which is an important part of Cricket Manager 2020.

‘Contract’, the third tab, shows a player’s contract status. Here, you can renew or release a player from their contract.

Below is an example of the “Overview” section:

2. UNDERSTAND WARNING SIGNS SUCH AS LOW MORALE

A crucial element of management is understanding when your players are not quite feeling their best!

If there is a warning sign on a player, there is an issue, as per the image below.

There are three key warning signs you need to keep in mind so you know when to act:

  1. Injuries: Your player has picked up an injury and needs to recover.
  2. Morale: Poor morale is also known as low confidence, which affects performance.
  3. Condition: This relates to a player’s fatigue level. If they are overworked, they need some rest.

3. IMPROVE PLAYER FITNESS, MORALE AND CONDITION

So, how do you go about fixing any of these issues?

You will notice three key icons at the top of your screen. These icons are the white cross on red background, white thumb on pink/purple background and white lightning bolt on blue background.

Each of these three icons serve a key purpose:

  • The red icon is a Health Pack. The purpose of this pack is to help boost the recovery of an injured player. This helps get your player back to fitness!
  • The pink/purple icon is a Morale Pack. This is perfect for a player has low confidence. Morale Packs represent a specialist that helps boost player confidence!
  • The blue icon is a Rest Pack. This is perfect for when a player is fatigued. Rest Packs represent a specialist that ensures players are well rested!

It is crucial to develop a library of health, morale and rest packs. There are three key tactics that can help you increase the number of packs you have:

  • Gain packs as rewards from sponsors after completing four training sessions.
  • Use gold bars and rewards gathered from wins to then purchase packs.
  • Purchase packs using the Club Shop.

You can find out more about this in our article “How to play Cricket Manager 2020 and win

4. RENEW OR RELEASE PLAYER CONTRACTS

Under contracts, you can see how long a player has on his contract. You can choose to renew that contract for a certain ‘wage’, depending on how much cash you have. If you wish to release that player, you can only do so if you will end up with a squad of at least 16 after sale.

5. SUBSTITUTE PLAYERS BETWEEN THE FIRST XI AND RESERVES

If you wish to substitute players between your first XI and reserves, simply hold and drag players to fit in your preferred positions for them.

6. HOW TO SET YOUR TACTICS AND FORMATION

Click the second circle just below the top menu to set your tactics. You can change these anytime you wish, but it’s a good idea to have a set platform.

  • You can set the choice to bat or bowl if you win the toss.
  • Batting mentality: Set a defensive, normal or offensive batting mindset for your team. In T20 cricket, defensive batting is one to avoid, but you could look to choose ‘normal’ for balance. Indeed, an offensive approach in T20s is probably the way to go!
  • Bowling mentality: You can also set a defensive, normal or offensive bowling approach. Offensive means more full/short balls with a search for wickets. Defensive is more good length with a focus on boundary-protecting. It is good to have a balance here.
  • Fielding mentality: A defensive fielding mentality is having more fielders on the boundary. The opposite applies for offensive. Again, it’s good to have a balance of picking up dot-balls and saving boundaries.

Keen to have a go in Cricket Manager 2020? Download the app for free on either Android or iOS today.

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