Wisden drops Pak player from cricketers of the year

Updated: Apr 08, 2011, 17:33 PM IST

London: The Wisden Cricketers` Almanack has broken with tradition and named only four cricketers of the year for its 2011 edition because of the Pakistan spot-fixing scandal, editor Scyld Berry said on Friday.

The publication has named five players since 1926 but this year only Bangladesh`s Tamim Iqbal and England`s Eoin Morgan, Chris Read and Jonathan Trott made the shortened list.

Three Pakistan players Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt were banned for a minimum of five years each for manipulating incidents in last year`s Lord`s test against England.

Fast bowler Amir, who was named Pakistan`s player of the series against England, has been widely reported by British media to be the name omitted from the prestigious list.

"The fifth Cricketer of the Year, I can reveal, was going to be one of three Pakistan players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir - until they were banned by the ICC`s independent tribunal for the bowling of deliberate no-balls in the fourth Test at Lord`s," Berry said in a column in The Telegraph newspaper.

"Which one of the three was selected? I am not going to say because it would not be in keeping with cricket`s tradition of fairness."

The Wisden Cricketers of the Year dates back to 1889 and is bestowed upon players who made the biggest impact during the previous English summer.

Bureau Report