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    April 11, 2006

    Wisden 2006 released

    The eagerly awaited post-Ashes celebration edition of the Wisden Almanack is out!

    Andrew Flintoff is named the 'Leading Cricketer in the World'. The five cricketers of the year are Matthew Hoggard, Simon Jones, Brett Lee, Kevin Pietersen and Ricky Ponting.

    I was actually surprised to see Ponting's name there. Odd that he has never been named in this list before. I am also surprised that there is no-one named from the English domestic circuit. Then again, it was an Ashes year and England won.

    I refuse to chomp on my words of last year though! I never claimed I would do so!

    I still think Wisden needs to seriously consider re-evaluating its original [and continued] commitment to not naming someone among its 'Cricketer of the Year' list more than once.

    Oh, and apparently there's a section on cricket blogs and their coverage of the Ashes. Perhaps someone who has their hand on the book should let us know more details!


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    5 sledge(s):

    Wisden is perpahs another example of the fact that the institutions behind the game of cricket are not doing enough to get adjusted with the changing world. Now, the main challenge of cricket is to spread it around the

    world specially in USA
    . so, what to do?.

    By Anonymous Razib Ahmed (11-Apr-2006, 4:49:00 PM)  

    why he is hailed as worlds best. its an english award isn't it.

    By Anonymous pamthree (11-Apr-2006, 4:59:00 PM)  

    razib: I don't quite understand why cricket _has_ to be played in every country. You have countries like Zimbabwe which have played cricket for decades now languishing [purely in a cricketing context]. Bangladesh has been crap for a while now, notwithstanding their outstanding show on days one and two against Australia. What cricket needs is a widespread audience. The football world cup and Olympics get billions of spectators even though 80% of the countries are worse than crap when it comes to football, athletics, swimming etc.

    pamthree: It is. He is the world's best cricketer, in the opinion of the editor(s) of the magazine. It'd have been a tough ask for them to call their award "Leading cricketer of the world as felt by Wisden's editors".

    By Blogger Jagadish (11-Apr-2006, 6:34:00 PM)  

    I'm in there, and "The Ashes" blog is also there..can't remember who else. Rick Eyre maybe and maybe you. Shall let you know, left the book at work.

    By Anonymous Will (11-Apr-2006, 9:15:00 PM)  

    will: Thanks. Lovely news!

    By Blogger Jagadish (12-Apr-2006, 1:04:00 PM)  

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