Wisden breaks 120 yr old tradition, names woman as player of the yearApril 3rd, 2009 - 12:14 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 3 (ANI): Cricket bible Wisden has broken with 120 years of tradition by naming a woman as one of its players of the year.
England women’s star batsman Claire Taylor has been selected along with four male players as the magazine’s Five Cricketers of the Year for 2009.
It is the first time since the highly respected accolade started in 1889 that it has been conferred on a female player, the Daily Express reports.
Taylor earned the honour after a series of outstanding performances that helped England win an Ashes series in Australia last year, with last month’s World Cup triumph capping her achievements.
The 33-year-old, who has played 109 one-day internationals, was player of the tournament in March after scoring a hundred and two half-centuries.
Taylor, who played for a men’s first eleven while she was at Oxford University, holds down a day job as a management consultant, with employer Reading University allowing her generous time off for cricket.
She spoke of her pride at the award, telling The Times: “It is an absolute honour to be part of the pantheon of players who have graced Wisden.”
The four other players named as Wisden’s cricketers of the year are the England fast bowler James Anderson, and the South Africans Dale Benkenstein, Mark Boucher, and Neil McKenzie. (ANI)
- McKenzie to use Wisden honour for return to South African team - Apr 04, 2009
- Claire Taylor becomes first woman Wisden Cricketer of the Year - Apr 03, 2009
- Tendulkar named Wisden cricketer of the year - Apr 14, 2011
- Five Indians in Wisden Test XI true reflection of World No.1 team - Apr 14, 2011
- Wisden honour not as important as returning to cricket, says 'dumped' Aamir - Apr 10, 2011
- Wisden names only four 'Cricketers of the Year' excluding tainted Pak bowler Amir - Apr 08, 2011
- Singer of Hippie anthem `San Francisco' dies - Aug 21, 2012
- Chanderpaul back as No.1 Test batsman - Apr 29, 2012
- Lawry, McKenzie to join Oz cricket Hall of Fame on Monday - Feb 14, 2010
- Tiger played with straight bat on and off the field (Obituary) - Sep 22, 2011
- Prior says winning Wisden accolade priceless - Apr 15, 2010
- Aussies don't figure in Wisden's 2010 Test XI - Apr 14, 2011
- Pataudi the man that was - Fact file - Sep 22, 2011
- Wisden India to be launched next year - Oct 10, 2011
- South Africa name unchanged Test squad for England series - Jun 13, 2012
Tags: accolade, claire taylor, cricketers, daily express, day internationals, day job, england women, generous time, honour, james anderson, management consultant, mark boucher, neil mckenzie, oxford university, pantheon, reading university, south africans, star batsman, time off, world cup triumph