Amir removed from Wisden list

Published: Friday, April 8, 2011, 16:06 [IST]
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Amir removed from Wisden list

Amir, who was slapped with a "sanction of five years of ineligibility" in February by an Anti-Corruption Tribunal appointed by the International Cricket Council, has been excluded from being one of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack's Five Cricketers of the Year, the Guardian reports.

Although Wisden claims it has too much integrity to name Amir directly, his identity as the "Cricketer of the Year Who Never Was" is an open secret, the report said.

In his last act before stepping down from the role, Wisden''s editor Scyld Berry was torn between not wishing to stigmatise Amir ahead of a criminal trial- hence his reluctance to name him- and the wish to pass moral judgment on a tainted cricketer, it added.

"If the player in question were exonerated, then it would be possible to reconsider the position," Berry said, adding, "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 has somewhat overshadowed those who have been honoured.

Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh and Irishman Eoin Morgan are the first players born in their respective countries to make a list completed by the England batsman Jonathan Trott and Chris Read, who led Nottinghamshire to the County Championship.

Like Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt-the other two Pakistani cricketers banned on spot-fixing charges- Amir has also appealed against his ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) based in Switzerland, denying any wrongdoing.

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