A good move by Wisden to hail Claire Taylor
Wisden ought to be applauded for anointing Claire Taylor as one of its five Cricketers of the Year but will it make a world of difference to women's cricket in England? Not much, writes David Hopps in the Guardian.
The ECB has received little recognition for its investment in cricket outside the professional game. The desperate need for funding to support the likes of Claire Taylor explains the reason why it has tried to maximise its income by fighting the supremacy of the parasitic IPL, rashly thrown itself into the arms of the rogue businessman Sir Allen Stanford and other dodgy moments besides. That then is what this Wisden award is; one of the best excuses the ECB has ever had.
Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo