Islamabad: One of the world's oldest cricket publications has declined to bestow one of its annual Cricketer of the Year awards this year because the recipient is one of the players embroiled in Pakistan's match-fixing scandal.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack has given the honor to five cricketers each year since 1926, except for a break during World War II. It is the oldest individual honor in cricket.
Wisden editor Scyld Berry told the Cricinfo.com website that the publication would only give four awards this year, but if the player involved in the scandal is exonerated, "it would be possible to reconsider the position." He did not name the cricketer in question.
The other four players honored were Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal and England's Eoin Morgan, Jonathan Trott and Chris Read.
Pakistan's Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were banned for a minimum of five years in February after they were found guilty of bowling predetermined no-balls during a test match against England last year.