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Aamer likely Pakistan player omitted from Wisden list

cricket Updated: Apr 08, 2011 17:54 IST

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In a break from tradition, the 2011 edition of Wisden Cricketers Almanack will feature only four Cricketers of the Year instead of the usual five as the publication has omitted the name of a Pakistani player from the list owing to involvement in spot-fixing.

Though the publication did not name the omitted Pakistani player, the general perception is that it would be Mohammad Aamer.

Bowling at a good pace with late swing, the young left-arm pacer claimed 19 wickets at 18.36 during the four-match Test series against England, and another 11 in two Tests against Australia, including seven in the second Test at Headingley, when Australia were bowled out for 88 on the first morning.

Barring a hiatus during the second World War, Wisden has chosen five cricketers in every year since 1926 but decided to reduce the number this time to reflect corruption during Pakistan's tour of England last summer.

The honour is bestowed on players who have the biggest impact on English summer.

"If (the player in question) were exonerated, then it would be possible to reconsider the position," Wisden editor Scyld Berry said.

"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."

Following an investigation by 'The News of the World', the ICC charged Pakistan's opening bowlers Mohammad Asif and Ammer with bowling deliberate no-balls, with their captain, Salman Butt, also implicated in the scandal.

Asif was banned for seven years, with two suspended, Aamer banned for five years and Butt 10 years, with half suspended.

The nominees are Tamim Iqbal, Eoin Morgan, Chris Read and Jonathan Trott.

Bangladesh's Tamim and Irishman Morgan are the first players from their respective countries to make the list while Read has been recognised for his role in Nottinghamshire's march to the County Championship.

Trott was honoured for his prolific run in both Tests and one-day cricket in his maiden year as an international cricketer.