Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2011

Wisden names four Cricketers of the Year

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 8, 2011

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Alastair Cook adorns the cover of the 2011 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
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The 2011 edition of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack will feature only four Cricketers of the Year, instead of the usual five, after the editor, Scyld Berry, chose to break with ancient tradition to reflect a year in which allegations of corruption during Pakistan's tour of England left a stain on the sport's reputation.

The truncated list will feature in the Almanack's 148th edition, which is officially unveiled on Wednesday. The tradition, which dates back to 1889, is the oldest individual honour in cricket, and though the format has occasionally varied, with six great bowlers being chosen for the original award, Wisden has chosen five names in every year since 1926, barring a hiatus during the Second World War.

That, however, has changed for this year, after one of the chosen Five Cricketers became embroiled in the spot-fixing furore which broke during the Lord's Test between England and Pakistan last August. Following an investigation by The News of the World, the ICC charged Pakistan's opening bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir with bowling deliberate no-balls, with their captain, Salman Butt, also implicated in the scandal.

Asif is currently serving a seven-year ban, with two suspended, Amir a straight five years and Butt 10 years, with half suspended after being found guilty by an independent tribunal. The three players are also facing criminal charges in the UK, with their trial set to get underway on May 20 at Southwark Crown Court.

Though Wisden chose not to name the omitted player, it was the performance of Amir - then 18 - which really captured the public imagination during Pakistan's tour. Bowling at genuine pace with deadly late swing from a left-arm line, he claimed 19 wickets at 18.36 in four Tests against England, and a further 11 in the two-match series against Australia, including seven in the second Test at Headingley, when Australia were bowled out for 88 on the first morning.

"If [the player in question] were exonerated, then it would be possible to reconsider the position," explained Berry. "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 other four nominees include the first players from Bangladesh and Ireland to receive the award. Tamim Iqbal struck memorable hundreds at both Lord's and Old Trafford during Bangladesh's Test tour in May and June 2010, having already shown himself to be a world-class player at home against England two months earlier, while Eoin Morgan's innovative strokeplay helped propel England to the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, as well as secure home ODI series wins over Australia and Pakistan.

The other two players are Jonathan Trott, who announced himself as England's most reliable run-scorer, with 1,325 Test runs in the calendar year, including scores of 226 and 184 in consecutive Lord's Tests, and Chris Read, who captained Nottinghamshire to a thrilling County Championship victory, which was sealed on the final day of the season with a surging victory over Lancashire at Old Trafford.

Alastair Cook, who was eligible for selection, missed out on the honour because excellence in (or influence on) the previous English summer are the major criteria for the Cricketer of the Year accolade. Though Cook recorded an outstanding tally of 766 runs in the recent Ashes series, his returns in the 2010 summer were poor. He has, however, been honoured by appearing on the cover of the Almanack, pictured celebrating his century in the Sydney Test.

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Posted by   on (April 10, 2011, 6:09 GMT)

It was invention for Tamin iqbal .......I r very happy to win a member in Wisden!!!

Posted by nabeeln on (April 10, 2011, 5:56 GMT)

tamim the real hero rising

Posted by jgoogly on (April 10, 2011, 1:34 GMT)

It is a Joke that Alastair Cook is not chosen but found a prominent place on the cover. He is only a cover boy.

Posted by jevans90 on (April 10, 2011, 0:16 GMT)

Once again, the likes of Tendulkar and Laxman have won previously, so would be ineligible even if they had had any influence on the 2010 English season. For international performances generally, wait for Leading Cricketer in the World to be announced, or look at the Test XI.

And, yes. As many people have suggested, Sehwag, Sangakkara, Tendulkar, Kallis, Laxman, Dhoni, Zaheer and Steyn are all included, as well as Tamim, Swann and Anderson. Well done, you were suggesting the right people for the wrong award, as any cricket fan with any familiarity with Wisden will tell you.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 8:27 GMT)

Yep its based on the criteria many mention. One other point traditionaly 4 of the 5 are given based on international performance and one on the county game. Read lead Notts brilliantly last year and deserves his recognition. In two or three days the cricketer of the year will be named. If he is English I'll be surprised.

What saddens me that something that stands for something as good as Wisden can be denigrated by so many people simply because they are so ignorant. Wisden has been the voice of the true cricket follower for generations.

Posted by cabinet96 on (April 9, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

@Vamsi Krishna These are the oldest awards in cricket. And there's no need to say they were average performances just because they weren't from your team, did you even watch their performances last year, even read the article.

Posted by cabinet96 on (April 9, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

Asking why Steyn isn't in is like asking why Swann didn't win the south Africa awards. Asking why Watson isn't in it is like asking why Strauss didn't win the Alan Border Medal. Asking why Tendulkar isn't in it is like asking why Anderson didn't win the Castrol Awards. These are English cricket awards, why is so hard to understand. Not every award has to go to Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 6:32 GMT)

It was well deserved by Tamim....

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 5:58 GMT)

If this crap is only for those players who play county cricket or toured England that summer, then why publish this through out the world? and to top the stupidity they call this as Wisden Cricketers' Almanack...all the five players mentioned were average performers last year...

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 3:54 GMT)

Indians complaining about bias???? Hahahahaha!!!!

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 3:38 GMT)

This accounts for the performances in the English Summer . So please dont start bringing Sachin and others in the Fray . To put it simply it is like the Castrol cricket Awards .

Posted by Trevor_G on (April 9, 2011, 3:19 GMT)

As a South African, all I can say is that this is absurdly Euro centric. I'm sure that my Subcontinent friends will agree that we don't care a jot about the English 'team' or the Ashes for that matter. Let me extend sAiyAnstAr's post: Sangakkara? Sehwag? Watson? Dilshan? Tendulkar? Kallis? AB? Amla?, etcetera.......

Posted by   on (April 9, 2011, 2:11 GMT)

Good Luck Tamim!It will be very well deserved!

Posted by oshimegoshi on (April 9, 2011, 2:06 GMT)

The reason all the players mentioned below have not made this list is made clear in the last paragraph of the article. Excellence or significant influence on the previous english summer are the main criteria, which means it is mainly confined to england players, foreign players that play county cricket, or international players that toured that summer. Thats the way it is, because it is an England based publication

Posted by Darbers on (April 9, 2011, 1:11 GMT)

Wisden has been reporting on cricket since 1864 and since then it has acknowledged the skills and humanity of all the world's leading cricketers not just those from England. Asian cricket followers are passionate about their teams and players but they need to learn a lesson from the great Sachin Tendulkar and show a bit more humility and appreciate that there are good players from other parts of the world as well. Wisden is primarily an English cricket yearbook and the bulk of the book covers the English cricket season from the previous year. English cricket fans go to watch their team win but also stay in the ground when we are losing to watch the skill and brilliance of the likes of Sachin, Sehwag, Ponting, Jayawardene, Murali etc. Most of the critics on this thread seem to be moaning because their favourites have not been named in the list of Player Of The Year instead of getting to their local Test ground and supporting their nation in proper cricket.

Posted by Arok on (April 9, 2011, 1:02 GMT)

It seems, this is not wisden player of the year award this is english player of the year award. Laxman played some of the most memorable test match knocks against formidable attacks but was not in the list. The knocks which lax played helped india to win the matches and also to draw the series. The exclusion of laxman is absolutely ridiculous.

Posted by BohemianBlues on (April 9, 2011, 0:53 GMT)

i am amazed by the ignorance of some people. NO!! there is NO TENDULKAR in the list. because he already won it once. NOBODY IS ELIGIBLE TO WIN THIS HONOR SECOND TIME!! thats how it goes!!

Posted by Cam_PT on (April 8, 2011, 23:36 GMT)

Chris Read's selection is very thin.

For those complaining about other long playing and well-established players it should be brought to your notice that you can only become a Wisden Cricketer of the Year once. That's right 'ONCE.'

Posted by sAiyAnstAr on (April 8, 2011, 22:30 GMT)

Sangakkara? Sehwag? Watson? Dilshan? Tendulkar? Kallis?

Why didn't any of them make the list?

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (April 8, 2011, 21:18 GMT)

Except Jonathan Trott, everything else is just joke....Is this the same Wisdon mgt. who has been so far, where is sachin who scored 200 not out last year

Posted by Trickstar on (April 8, 2011, 21:00 GMT)

It is clear, that all these supposed cricket fans who have left comments, have never read Wisden or have a clue what's in it. Even though the article explains the award criteria, people are still whinging and moaning about the awards going to English players. When Sri Lanka and India come over this summer, some of those players, will have the chance to be up for it, if they get some runs or get some wickets and I'm sure they will be honored to get a reward, from the longest and most respected cricket journal in the world. What is it with sub continent fans and jumping to conclusions and also criticizing things they obviously know nothing about.

Posted by thetgibby on (April 8, 2011, 20:48 GMT)

In this ever faster moving world, the continuing stability of Wisden is something to be cherished. There are few greater pleasures in life than an evening with a comfy sofa, a scotch malt & a Wisden of yesteryear.

Aside from those trolls and ignoramuses complaining that Tendulkar doesn't get voted in every year, those criticizing Chris Read's inclusion would do well to ignore his relatively unsuccessful test career & concentrate instead on his excellent captaincy and performances for Notts over recent seasons. Bare statistics do not tell the full story of any player, & Wisden's players of the year are chosen for more than just their averages. Wisden is an English publication, & bases its cricketing calendar on the English season, although it does take account of exceptional overseas performances.

Remember, the world of cricket existed long before the behemoth that is the BCCI, & its promiscuous mistress, the IPL, & the world of cricket will continue long after both have passed.

Posted by doesitmatter on (April 8, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

What a joke! Wisden with no Wisdom!

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 19:02 GMT)

to "thehasanman": Tamim Iqbal scored four centuries last year in only eight tests. Three against England;one in Bangladesh and back to back centuries in England and also scored another against the no.1 Test Team in the World, India.

The pity about his nomination is not that he doesn't deserve it, it is that, the country which has produced the two Wisden Test Cricketers of the year 2 years in a row (Shakib Al Hassan in 2009 and Tamim Iqbal in 2010) gets to play only eight tests a year. The fact that Bangladesh is improving is no illusion, but it definitely needs to play more tests per year, because a team can only develop into a class side if they have a decent exposure to Test Cricket. Bangladesh's most experienced Test Player likely to feature in a future test is Mushfiqur Rahim and he has played 23 Tests (Ashraful I don;t think is coming back for a while) and our captain has 21 Tests. If people call this team experienced with these numbers in today's game, then they are delusional.

Posted by vivensub on (April 8, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

Poor choice, Wisden. An extremely bad selection. It seems that they have overlooked almost every other team performances except England. I would probably give the Wisden Awards to someone else. Moreover, they are lagging behind. Hello! This is 2010-2011. Not 2009-10. If I were a part of that selection panel, I would definitely give the Wisden Cricketer of the year to Dale Steyn or VVS Laxman.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

Somehow I get the feeling that if an Indian had received this recognition, there wouldn't be as much moaning about this being an 'English' award or being an award that has lost its shelf life. Clearly it must mean something if so many of you are riled upon enough to post about it derisively. There's nothing wrong with countries giving distinctions to players who have performed well there and I am sure many of you were proud when Tendulkar got nominated some time ago.

Given its prominence in World Cricket, maybe its time that India introduced a prize for home & international players who do well in/against India?

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

nd the award goes to Tamim Iqbal Khan...he certainly is standing up to the world level..its still jst the beginning for him... jst a few gud years nd he ll definitely get the respect he deserves...

Posted by dbk86 on (April 8, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

YEa great !!!tamim gud luk...

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 18:37 GMT)

Whatever the world say No one is better than Muhammad Aamir

Posted by Champ2000 on (April 8, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

Please rename - Wisden English Cricketer of the year. Is this a Joke.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 17:43 GMT)

Hi Berry and Team, people do play cricket even outside England

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

It seems the player becomes eligible for the award only if he played for or against England...

Posted by donda on (April 8, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

I dont agree with Wisdon, it is made in england and made for england , it dont give us full perspective of worldwide cricket. Only england and england only. Its biased.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 17:00 GMT)

The Almanack remains a distinguished voice in the game, but it has dropped the ball this time round - perhaps too caught up in the glare of advertising and promotional floodlights. I suspect it was an attempt (ill-advised) to highlight just how seriously it took the "tainted trio" by deliberately dropping Aamer from its selection and then leaving it one short. This may have "Torygraph" readers in the shires snorting "bravo", but will leave everyone else shrugging... There were several players (Carter, Finn, Thomas) who would have been deserving recipients of what remains an honour, not counting either Cook or Hussey (both deserving recipients). Whatever point that needed making could have been done effectively within the Editor's Notes, or a specific article, or within the report section on Australia and Pakistan in England.

Posted by Khushter on (April 8, 2011, 16:28 GMT)

its a pitty that Aamir's name had to be ommited ............really feel for the talent but he had no one to blame at

Posted by Byrhtferth on (April 8, 2011, 16:28 GMT)

Sat Matharu's comments are sadly all too typical of many a Cricinfo user: obsessed with the sub-continent and completely blinkered to anything outside it. Wisden is one of the cricket-media's greatest institutions but it just so happens to be English, and funnily enough, focus on factors that influence English cricket (something which has gone over the heads of 90% of commentators to this piece--most of you don't have a clue what this list is about!). So please stop whining that Dhoni and that short bloke aren't on yet another Cricinfo article; this site panders to India cricket almost as much as the ICC to the BCCI already thank you very much.

Also, Kashif Usmani, you idiot, England are world champions in a format most English cricket fans and players couldn't give a jot about!

Frankly I hope to see 3 or 4 Sri Lankans in next year's Wisden's list and maybe someone like Chris Woakes or Adil Rashid, though I fear their time hasn't come yet.

Posted by 158notout on (April 8, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

It would be really handy and save a lot of peoples time if everyone would read the criteria for selection before posting ignorant comments here. I personally like the Wisden award because it is not yet another corporate stats based soulless enterpirse. Influence during previous English summer is a must, and no-one can win twice. Read this before commenting.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 15:19 GMT)

Ah only 4 cricketers of the year hey ? Nothing like a bit of controversy to revive sales of a flagging past it reference point is there? The fact that it limits its criteria to performances that took place 10 months ago, shows how antiquated it is. In this modern world of fast moving information technology, where up to date stats are readily available on numerous cricket sites you need to change with the times.Unfortunately Wisden is caught in a timewarp.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 14:34 GMT)

Good luck for Tamim Ikbal Khan

Posted by thehasanman on (April 8, 2011, 14:29 GMT)

All Tamim did was score two centuries against Englan... Didn't Mike Hussey do that to. He also made that 60* and 134 against Pakistan, what about all that

Posted by sugarman4004 on (April 8, 2011, 14:02 GMT)

These choices are sooooo skewed. They should just call it Wisden's English Cricketers of the Year. Iqbal is a nice player... but top 5 player of the year? I don't think so. The other nominees are not even worth mentioning!

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 13:48 GMT)

Ho ho Ho ho.... Either be in Team England and do good or play against them and do good If you want this Wisden thingy.... As if England are World Champions.... Oh well wait for India's tour of England and you will see a few Indians next year getting this award. But for now... Its a shame for Wisden.

Posted by beeran on (April 8, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

@ali_eorse:there u r.may BCCI fulfill your dream!!!

Posted by SriDCric on (April 8, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

Wisden list is all about English players and who play well against England, and not sure whether it means anything outside England.

Posted by VINEET.GALAXY1 on (April 8, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

Its strange to see Only English player have played so good to be in the list.. Perhaps that,s why Wisden is rapidly loosing its reputation and appeal.. Rightly No one cares of wisden Awards anymore.

Posted by MrWisden on (April 8, 2011, 12:40 GMT)

The ignorance of some of these comments is shocking. I ask you - the book is packed with cricket and lots of info on cricket in the Subcontinent too. Try reading it for once then maybe it will make sense.

The 5 Cricketers of the Year award:


Every country tours England so every player gets a chance to shine. Here we're looking forward to India touring this year and so Wisden 2012 will no doubt have several Indian players - depending on who shines, Dhoni has a great chance.

Hope this clears this up, but no more ignorant comments please.

Posted by Monjur_Elahi on (April 8, 2011, 12:30 GMT)

Eoin Morgan is an English player now, right? He earned this honour because of his performance while playing for England. He is from Ireland, but an English cricketer now? Or he is still an Irish Cricketer while playing for England? Shed some light please......

Posted by vichan on (April 8, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

The ignorance of cricket fans from the Subcontinent continues to astonish me... If all this is SOOOO irrelevant, then why bother reading? Even more-so, why bother commenting? Wisden is an ENGLISH publication chronicling the ENGLISH cricketing year for, primarily, an ENGLISH audience. If you don't like it, then go and make your own awards. The rest of us from deep space (i.e. anywhere outside India, seemingly) can then have a good laugh when Ashish Nehra is given the Best Bowler award.

Posted by anuAddict on (April 8, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

My main problem is that a country specific magazine award, which does not belong to top 3 in any form of the game, from a nation with waning interest in cricketing matters occupies the headline space on supposedly an international cricket world website. If you look at the fan following, number of people interested in IPL that starts today are many folds more, but headlines are dedicated to: english magazine editors choice, county season previews, preview on an ODI tomorrow. Cricinfo working its way to irrelevance.

Posted by DaveG on (April 8, 2011, 11:20 GMT)

It's about time that Chris Read was recognised for the outstanding player, and latterly captain, that he has been in the last decade. The fact that he hasn't played more matches for England is an absolute disgrace and a shameful indictment of the ECB.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 11:18 GMT)

Bring back the passion and tradition!

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

TAMIM!!! (Y) He is a class player!

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

Thanks to WISDEN, a new pride forTAMIM and for BANGLADESH.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

Nice to see Tamim IQbals name.. he is a world class batsmen..

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

No one cares. I would like to see how many really care for Wisden's verdict. Wisden's contributions to cricket these days is as useless as Ian Botham's commentaries.

Posted by alexious81 on (April 8, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

...Congratsssss TAMIM....!! You are proud of Bangladesh.... Hope, your coming career will be filled with more exiting 'awards'....... :-))

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 10:52 GMT)

Cameron White was considered as an all rounder initially he can get into the Australian side as an all rounder but I am afraid whether he could be considered as a batter in any format. Clarke has already hinted to him by bowling him.

Posted by phaila on (April 8, 2011, 10:43 GMT)

It is very sad for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 10:37 GMT)


Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 10:16 GMT)

this one is really good I love that honestly

Posted by V.Rajaa on (April 8, 2011, 10:09 GMT)

There shouldn't be this much importance to wisden as it always cornering indians. I am not saying abt sachin's inclusion this year.They didn't even include any of his performances when they chose best 100 performances of 20th century.(that not abt eng soil alone). Cudn't they look at his sharja's performances in 98?Such a baised magazine.Y do other nations give such importance to this.Somewhere some ppl say, this is cricket oscar, oh..blindness.Cricket is more than larger than english counrty and their magazines.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 9:50 GMT)


Posted by shillingsworth on (April 8, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

Wisden also names a 'leading cricketer in the world' and a Wisden Test XI each year. Last year's leading cricketer was Sehwag. Strauss, Swann and Anderson were the only England players to make the Wisden Test XI, selected by Messrs Bishop, Chappell (Ian) and Shastri. Where is the bias?

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 9:06 GMT)

This is one tradition that is way outdated & lost its relevance in the modern world. There was a time when the Wisden was the essential referance point for all cricket enthusiats. Not any more - the internet & other forms of statistical analysis have taken over. Barring its middle England stronghold, Wisden has lost touch...it needs to move with the times

Posted by StevieS on (April 8, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

Like this site, these awards are very bias towards England. Seriously am I the only one that thinks county cricket is the most overrated competition in cricket?

Posted by WhoCaresAboutIPL on (April 8, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

Wisden still remains the major published record of both national and international cricket worldwise, and has retained that record for most of its long life. Some of the comments below seem to be determined to rubbish an institution which is still very well regarded by all those playing first class cricket throughout the world. The criteria for selection are perfectly clear, and those who think them too parochial should be more appreciative of Wisden's long and distinguished history.

Posted by Suleman1 on (April 8, 2011, 8:38 GMT)

Aamir will win it after 5 years !!!

Posted by wambling_future on (April 8, 2011, 8:37 GMT)

@Ali_Eorse: Seriously Dhoni should resign?Why just because he is successful? He is still 29 and he can captain India for 4 more years. If he was in his mid 30's he might have resigned himself. I don't foresee any rational reason for him to resign.

Posted by Jaijo on (April 8, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

Almost anyone who plays for England team has won this award

Posted by thehasanman on (April 8, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

, The four nominees should be: 1) Tamim Iqbal 2) Sachin 3) Graeme Swann and 4) Johnathon Trott

Posted by freakygs on (April 8, 2011, 8:18 GMT)

Grow up Wisden, atleast try to identify real performance and talent

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 8:16 GMT)

@Ali_Eorse - Surely you must be kidding! If not, then I can only marvel at your inability to see the greatness of Dhoni. Even I was a sceptic, but his individual performance in the World Cup final - the ability to soak up pressure, and to be able to step up the plate in what would have been the biggest game of his cricketing career - has made me take my hat off and salute a person who is already a legend in Indian cricket. Calling for his head and asking him to be replaced is nothing short of incredulous! Get your thinking right, mate!!

Posted by Rakim on (April 8, 2011, 8:10 GMT)

Still proud of you Amir !!

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 8:04 GMT)


THis is the Wisden cricket awards - been around for years. It is an English publication and honours players who perform in England during the previous summer (though the players themselves need not be English) It is NOT an international award as such - and never has been. ICC cricket awards is an entirely different thing. Wisden awards is like the BCCI awards of the CA awards - just with a far longer heritage and the benefit of unbiased (and unpolitical) selection criteris (i.e it's not decided by a country's governing body but rather a venerable publication)

Posted by bonaku on (April 8, 2011, 7:48 GMT)

Not sure what is the basis for the selection. How come amla and watto missed out.. may be it is ment for only english players(apart from occational outsider). Well i could be wrong as well in judging this. But we should also remember that this is not ICC awards.

Posted by raghavmadan on (April 8, 2011, 7:07 GMT)

Kamran Akmal deserves to be in the list ahead of Chris Read. ;)

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

Where is Muhammad Amir ?? :O

Posted by pirateseeker on (April 8, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

kumar sangakkara has still not been named as a wisden cricketer yet?! tamim iqbal, chris read ahead of him??? :|

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

oh for gods sake..not EVERYTHING is abt sachin! tk u clive for pointing that out :)

as for amir..it is a shame. it is really sth when wisden couldnt find a fifth cricketer to replace his name in the list, and kept it at five..but he had to go and blow it all.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

what is chris read doing there? Batting average 18.94 17.64 in tests and ODIs??? Quota for english players in that list??

Posted by gothetaniwha on (April 8, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

Is there more than 4 english born cricketers in England ? lol

Posted by stormy16 on (April 8, 2011, 6:34 GMT)

Dont beleive some of us really understant what this is about but its purely English preformance based and its the tradition more than anything else. Clearly irrelevant in this day and age where cricket has now spread to other parts. It is a valuable record of cricket for the year gone by but again in this day age of "cricinfo" and the like its purely a tradition more than anything else. As a matter of interest there was some chap who took his 15 year collection of Wisdon's to war (second or first).

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 6:33 GMT)

is wisden awards given only for english players??..sad to see that none of the indian,south african, sri lankan nor australian players featuring in it..now i understand that its only the english press which claims england to be the best team in the world while other countries dont even consider them..

Posted by Sreerang on (April 8, 2011, 6:26 GMT)

Dont want to go so far to say that England stays in its own cocoon, but, surely Wisden can now take cognizance of world cricket instead of just English cricket. Am aware of the custom & tradition and hence, feel more so that Wisden should widen its pool. The prestige that has grown with the years deserves more. Or it remains just another national recognition instead of international.

Posted by enjoybullife on (April 8, 2011, 6:23 GMT)

Seems to be every one care about awards not about game. Only few people objected omitting associates almost killing smaller cricket nations dreams.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 6:09 GMT)

Aussies dont have a threatning bowling attack and ashes doesnt have the charm it held once for the mere reason being English who defeated the aussies in ashes wont be able to win a test series in there home soil with the present tough opponents like India and Srilanka , so I hardly see a point in giving the English players so much footage.

Posted by simon_w on (April 8, 2011, 6:07 GMT)

@Krishna Chovishya -- the Wisden Cricketers of the Year, a 222 year-old tradition, is "a cheap publicity stunt"? Give me strength.....

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 6:06 GMT)

Wisden is still the most read book on cricket. Don Bradman had the full collection of this book in his library when he was alive. Wisden selects cricketers of the year on the basis of their performance during the summer season in England and this is a tradition. A cricketer can only be selected once in a life time. Those who are ignorant of this book know very little about cricket and now they may start asking who Don Bradman was. Selecting five cricketers of the year is more than a 100 years old tradition and still going strong. ICC awards are controversial from the day one and nobody knows what is going to happen to them in the years to come.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 5:58 GMT)

Ok u r saying that sachin cnt win ...i agreed thn wat about amla,sanga,kallis,

Posted by MrIndia_Sac on (April 8, 2011, 5:55 GMT)

@Ali_Eorse: Only Failed captains have resigned not the one who took their team to glory.

Posted by BoonBoom on (April 8, 2011, 5:51 GMT)

Comments from our Indian friends clearly reflect their knowledge about cricket which is unfortunately limited to IPL and Dhoni & Co. Even more unfortunate is the fact that cricket has become an industry rather than just a game of gentlemen invented by the British. Whenever there is a discussion about an award, Indians jumps into the discussion why all the awards are not given to their team. They hardly understand the criteria and rules. For the info of all Indian...... Wisden yearly awards are given to those who appear in the English season. For example Wisden cricketers of 2010 would be given ONLY to those who played in 2010 on English soil. Someone said who cares about Wisden....well this is the reason why standard and traditions of this game is fast declining because traditions have been forgotten and naked dance in IPL has become a norm!!! Cricket must always belong and controlled by English if we really want to keep the traditions alive.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 5:48 GMT)

It is a great Honour & prestigious award to be recieved....

Posted by Optic on (April 8, 2011, 5:42 GMT)

What a surprise, Indian fans roll up and whinge and moan because the article is not about them, the arrogance of some people is unreal. All could be avoided if they could have read the article, but then again, it's still not about them and about English cricket, so it still stands. It just shows that some so called cricket fans are unbelievably insular, who know very little of or care to learn anything other than what's on their own back door, with comments like- 'YAWN...English Cricket', 'Does anyone even read this magazine outside of England? Where is it published from? Looks like a cheap publicity attempt to include these players', 'These awards still seem to have a very strong bias towards England', 'well this isn't biased at all...', 'this regional award has no meaning anymore', There really is some Olympic level jokers in here today.

Posted by Hayden_Braid on (April 8, 2011, 5:36 GMT)


HAHAHAHAHA you think it is time for dhoni to go, hahahaha, thats like saying tendulkar should go, why do they need a new captain when Dhoni is perfectly capable, and he is the best captain India, maybe the World, has ever seen, why throw all that away? Tell me that

Posted by indianzen on (April 8, 2011, 5:31 GMT)

strange that no Indians are included... Yuvraj should have been at the top...

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

Why everyone except Tamim Iqbal is from the English Team ?

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

Great to see Tamim Iqbal in the list. In a time when many even in Bangladesh doubt the ability of our cricketers, recognitions like this will definitely restore confidence on our team. What a news to have a day before the Australia series to start! One thing many of the elites in cricket forget is, Bangladesh started playing cricket regularly only for 10 years. The domestic structure barely have any money in it. We just have started having ex-players getting into coaching who has played Int'l cricket. The more these young boys will play, the better they're getting. Shakib & Tamim are the first real icons to the younger generations to dream big. I would like to see more companies getting involved in the domestic circuit, also television channels should telecast domestic cricket shows to make sponsors interested. School level cricket should be left to clubs to organize as part of talent hunt. With 6 dedicated grounds in 6 divisions and year round cricket, it can only get better from here

Posted by courierpost on (April 8, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

Mohamed Aamir was the best bowler for 2010/2011

Posted by Trickstar on (April 8, 2011, 5:21 GMT)

Once again another replies column ruined by Indians, who didn't read the article and have no idea what they are talking about, they've just read the winners names and jumped to conclusions, they also seem to think that the whole cricketing world rotates around them.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 5:18 GMT)

i wish indian fans will learn someday how to respect other. someone here is saying that wisden almanac is a cheap magazine. no offense, you just show how cheap you are by disrespecting this publication. Winning a world cup does not mean that you are the best in this world. congratulation to all these players.

Posted by satyat on (April 8, 2011, 5:18 GMT)

Giving the award just "once" makes no sense to me. Especially when there are 5 awards to give per year. When mediocrity is rewarded (just bacause the best were already rewarded), it loses its aura.

Posted by gothetaniwha on (April 8, 2011, 5:06 GMT)

Where,s Kamrin Akmal name

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 5:03 GMT)

TOO much inclination towards the Englishmen..!

Don't think these awards are worth of what they are said to be..!

Posted by jonesy2 on (April 8, 2011, 4:48 GMT)

this wisden rubbish is a joke just like english cricket. means less than nothing.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 4:40 GMT)

Where is Dhone, Zahir, Yuvraj Singh? the players mentioned ..... have not even led England to famous victories ... Is this Biased? Is this an ultimate body to judge cricketers?

Posted by landl47 on (April 8, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

It's sad that people who claim to be cricket fans are completely ignorant of what Wisden is about and the criteria for choosing the Five Cricketers of the Year. If you don't take the trouble to understand what you are commenting about, why comment at all? As for the selections, yes, they reflect a bias towards players who performed well in England in the previous year. Wisden also selects a Leading Cricketer in the World and that has reflected cricket as a whole (and can be awarded to the same person more than once). Wisden is a tradition stretching back to 1864 and is the world's most famous sports reference book. Obviously its fame hasn't reached some of those commenting here.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

Good to see Tamim & Trott. Tamim'll be the Bangladeshi version of Sehwag & Gayle in test cricket. But at least 1 more none European cricketer could be there. Chris Read / Morgan could be replaced by Virat Kohli.

Posted by susitk on (April 8, 2011, 4:30 GMT)

Sachin got it way back in 1997 and Zaheer was named in 2008 as well. And please Wisden is not some lame book. They are older and much more reputed even than cricinfo. And no, I am not English. I am as Indian as it gets and am a Sachin fan as well...

Posted by Farzan_Sohel on (April 8, 2011, 4:17 GMT)

Well done Tamim Iqbal, please keep it up. Show your talent to the world.

Posted by wiseshah on (April 8, 2011, 3:59 GMT)

i am a big fan of tamim and really glad to see tamim in the list alongside my other favourite trott, morgan and cook. awsome selection

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

Rename it "Wisden English Cricketers' Almanack 2011"

Posted by neil99 on (April 8, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

Why don't those who comment actually research before shooting from the hip? Trott and Cook are included for magnificent performances in Australia, so how does that qualify as "Wisden Cricketer of the English Summer"? Arguably Trott and Cook have batted better than any others during the period and secured a first test series win in over 30 years. Dhoni? Amla? The World Cup is not included in this edition.

Wisden seldom picks players who have already been chosen previously. Tendulkar was chosen in 1997. As noted, one candidate would have been a Pakistan player, but for the betting scandal. 2 SA players were chosen in 2008, and 3 non-English players in 2007.

First and foremost Wisden is a review of the English season. Australia has it's own Wisden.

Posted by Whothehell on (April 8, 2011, 3:43 GMT)

what a disgrace? -- i am not referring to mohd. aamir...an 18 yr old lad can always make a mistake, but what about the ppl at wisden? we think they are much more wiser than that, don't we?? what about amla, styen, tendulkar, de villiers, zaheer khan, sangakarra, dilshan.. i could just go on...

someone has rightly said-"Wisden Cricketers of the Year Who Played in England Last Summer" + ashes...

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 3:41 GMT)

@xylo ..give u 100% right

Posted by hoodbu on (April 8, 2011, 3:37 GMT)

Clearly, this distinction has lost its shelf life. ICC Cricket Awards hold more weight.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 3:34 GMT)

Great to see Tamim IQbal......Who played with english bowlers......

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 3:33 GMT)

Is Wisden even relevant now? England did not even make it past Quarters in the world cup and their infated ego makes them workd champios after Ashes win. This is all non sense and a biased ranking system which can be ignored at best

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 3:33 GMT)

People who were nominated years ago "can't" receive the prize twice. So it is with Tendulkar, for example.

Posted by mudchook on (April 8, 2011, 3:16 GMT)

performance in the previous English summer is the major criterion for being named, hence no sangakkara dhoni steyn and amla.. tendulkar however has already been named some time in the late 90's so he cant be named again.. someone correct me if im wrong, but everyone complaining about the selections probably shouldnt be

Posted by Ali_Eorse on (April 8, 2011, 3:06 GMT)

Where is Dhoni? I think he should resign now that WC is over, just like Ponting and Kumar. It is time for new captain and wicket keeper. It is time for Dhoni to go.

Posted by azaro on (April 8, 2011, 2:56 GMT)

May be this will help those of you ignorant of this 222 year old tradition of Wisden editors...

The Five Cricketers of the Year represent a tradition that dates back to 1889, the selection of the Five is a perk of being editor, and it is up to him whether he wishes to take soundings from others.

Excellence in the previous English summer is the major criterion for inclusion in the Five, but not the only one. The award is a recognition of a player's influence on the last English season, however, performance in something like a World Cup may change the shape of the one-day game would be considered. As importantly, no one can be chosen more than once.

Since then, every Wisden bar eight wartime almanacks has named a set of five. Since 2004, these have been complemented by the selection of the Leading Cricketer in the World which deals with most of you punters objections!

Posted by rashoon on (April 8, 2011, 2:55 GMT)

that is a big jock; a county cricket captain who cannot win a spot in the English team. this year one copy of this book will not be sold out side of England. what is going on with the world people are just unfair and they are proud to should it what a shame.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 2:54 GMT)

Does anyone even read this magazine outside of England? Where is it published from? Looks like a cheap publicity attempt to include these players (no offense to the four nominees) but how can you exclude the likes of Amla, Steyn, Tendulkar, Zaheer from this list?

Posted by NomiJ on (April 8, 2011, 2:49 GMT)

Wisden...YAWN...English Cricket...YAWN. That show I feel.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 2:48 GMT)

I am not 100 % sure, but i think any player can win this award only once...n Sachin won it 1998....

Posted by aasife_gong on (April 8, 2011, 2:48 GMT)

Even though I am a BD fan, I am astonished finding Tamim in this list. Just one century against England gets him the entry!! What happened to Amla who averaged 78.06 in tests in 2010? Even Geoffrey boycott's mom would have picked him :-)

Posted by simon_w on (April 8, 2011, 2:47 GMT)

umm, i think some of you guys don't understand what this award is about. For example, you can only win the award once -- Sachin received it back in 1997, and is therefore ineligible. Perhaps start here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisden_Cricketers_of_the_Year and then come back and comment :)

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 2:46 GMT)

ha ha .... this is hilarious ...did Beckam put this together?

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 2:45 GMT)

As corbies93 very concisely put it, "Wisden's cricketers of England season who played in or for England."

Posted by mighty_cricket_lover on (April 8, 2011, 2:42 GMT)

come on guys. hav u lost ur mind. dont chant sachin sachin everytime. he has not played dat well in 2010. I agree that the awards are biased but there r many other players who played better than sachin, like Amla, Steyn, DeVilliars. Pls stop running after d name of sachin and appreciate d talent of other players too. cricket is not jus abt sachin.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 2:42 GMT)

Wisden is no more bible of cricket... They seems much biased towards English cricket... Much much better cricket rating are available through other sources e.g. Cricinfo...

Posted by stationmaster on (April 8, 2011, 2:41 GMT)

The English invented cricket - they can vote for who they like, otherwise we'd all be looking at a different sports website. Plus Alistair Cook massively spanked the Aussies, he deserves a cover shot, if they'd had him in the one day side, they might have won the World Cup as well - silly selection error !

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 2:39 GMT)

Wisden's joke of the year... It should read.

Posted by Badgerofdoom on (April 8, 2011, 2:37 GMT)

For those posting complaining of a bias towards players in the english summer, probably worth looking at the selection criteria.

"Excellence in the previous English summer is the major criterion for inclusion in the Five. No one can be chosen more than once."

This is essentially an award for players in the English summer, so dont worry if people who didnt play England, in England, did not get selected. Also Tendulkar has won it before so cannot win it again. The Leading crickter in the world award is for more international recognition, so we will see who wins that, last two years running its been Sehwag.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 2:35 GMT)

if people could only read before trolling "excellence in (or influence on) the previous English summer are the major criteria for the Cricketer of the Year accolade" so yes - these are the best 5 cricketers who fit Wisden's criteria...don't like it? make your own award

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 2:33 GMT)

The five are picked based on their "influence on the previous English season". So if Tendulkar and Dhoni perform well this coming summer, who says they can't be in the Wisden five next year?

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 2:32 GMT)

Only cricket can have such a bias where performances are just not appreciated because they are good but also from which country player belongs and against which country they performed. ICC awards have strong bias for performances in ashes and now this Wisden cricketer of year. It should be named Wisden English cricket of year.

Posted by Dashgar on (April 8, 2011, 2:30 GMT)

It's an english award, don't take too much notice of it

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 2:28 GMT)

One of the crappiest award for cricket from England. Its just full of english men and they got relegated in QF of the world cup. This is just an award of consolation for english cricketers.

Posted by bowledYou on (April 8, 2011, 2:23 GMT)

I think Wisden Cricketer of the year is only for English players or for the players who performed well against them... lol

Posted by Aanai on (April 8, 2011, 2:18 GMT)

This regional award has no meaning anymore. Being named Wisden Cricketer of the Year is even less relevant in today's world than being named West Virginia Cricketer of the Year. Or Jharkand Rugby Player of the Year.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 2:18 GMT)

"Why is there no Sachin Tendulkar on the list?"

Because Sachin Tendulkar does not have to appear on every list, including my laundry list.

Other questions (e.g. 'Can someone tell me if I am right in assuming that this is open only to English cricketers or to players who performed against England?') are answered in the article.

Posted by thatsgold on (April 8, 2011, 1:44 GMT)

well this isn't biased at all...

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 1:23 GMT)

what a shame - this could have been a great feat for the young Amir and for Pakistan ..... but he blew it all.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 0:46 GMT)

Great to see Tamim Iqbal on the list!

Posted by AvidCricFan on (April 8, 2011, 0:39 GMT)

What about Kallis, Amla, Shewag and Tendulkar? They all have better 2010 record than Eoin, Cook and Tamim in test cricket and much better record in one days. Wisden is always biased on English players. Tendulkar was the highest run gettter followed by Shewag in 2010.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 0:26 GMT)

How sad!!!!! Awwww Amir you would have been sp proud of it but Alas....

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 0:25 GMT)

You still think Bangladeshi cricket team is insignificent!!!!

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 0:20 GMT)

You cant be serious! Really

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 0:16 GMT)

congratz Tamim!!!! proud of u

Posted by Bang_La on (April 7, 2011, 23:50 GMT)

Congratulations Tamim! You make us proud.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 23:46 GMT)

Yeah! Go Tamim! Now its the perfect time to let slip your form away but dont let it happen..

Posted by corbies93 on (April 7, 2011, 23:46 GMT)

It should be called the widen cricketer of the english summer who played in england

Posted by MrKricket on (April 7, 2011, 23:44 GMT)

These awards still seem to have a very strong bias towards England with a county captain winning. I'm sure there are more worthy winners unless the award is "Wisden Cricketers of the Year Who Played in England Last Summer".

Posted by Bytheway on (April 7, 2011, 23:31 GMT)

Oh! Well.....another year has come and gone.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 23:25 GMT)

what non sense... ha ha

Where is Sangakkara, Dhoni, Tendulkar, Steyn, Amla,

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 23:10 GMT)

Why is there no Sachin Tendulkar on the list?

Posted by xylo on (April 7, 2011, 23:09 GMT)

Can someone tell me if I am right in assuming that this is open only to English cricketers or to players who performed against England?

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