LONDON: The Wisden Cricketers Almanack has broken with more than 80 years of tradition by naming only four Cricketers of the Year in its latest edition instead of its usual five.
Since 1926 the cricketing bible has named five players who had the biggest impact on the English summer in its annual edition but reduced the number this year to reflect last year’s spot-fixing scandal.
Three Pakistan players –, Mohammad Amir, and – were embroiled in the scandal and later suspended by the International Cricket Council. Asif was banned for seven years, with two suspended, Amir banned for five years and Butt 10 years, with half suspended.
Wisden would not say which of the Pakistan players would have been included on the list but it is likely to have been Amir, the bowling sensation who was the star of last year’s series against England.
“If (the player in question) were exonerated, then it would be possible to reconsider the position,” Wisden editor Scyld Berry said.
“That’s why I didn’t pick anyone else instead. But as things stand, we don’t feel we can choose him. It’s all very sad.”
The news overshadowed the nominees who do make the reduced list –, , Chris Read and .
Bangladeshi Tamim and Irishman Morgan are the first players from their respective countries to make the list while Read is recognised for his role in Nottinghamshire’s march to the County Championship.
Trott was honoured after a prolific year in Test and one-day cricket for England in his first full year as an international.