With news from the ECB that English cricket will return to the BBC in 2020 for the first time in more than two decades, Lawrence Booth, editor of the most famous sports book in the world, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, shares his enthusiasm for the decision:
“At Wisden we’ve been banging the free-to-air drum for years, arguing that a sport can thrive only if it’s accessible to everyone. The ECB chief executive Tom Harrison clearly had a similar view, saying he didn’t want cricket to become Britain’s ‘richest, most irrelevant sport’. Wisden are delighted English cricket has climbed back into bed with the BBC. The move is not a panacea, but – if we are to ensure our sport remains in the public consciousness – it’s an excellent start.”
Wisden editor shares ECB’s delight at new broadcasting deal
Wisden has been published every year since 1864. Wisden 2017 – the 154th edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack – is crammed, as ever, with the best writing in the game. Matthew Engel looks back at 60 years of Test Match Special, Derek Pringle reveals the secrets of ball-tampering, and Gideon Haigh explores the evolution of the six. Plus all the usual reports, reviews, scorecards and statistics – and of course the hard-hitting Editor’s Notes by Lawrence Booth. In an age of snap judgments, Wisden’s authority and integrity are more important than ever.
Lawrence Booth is now in his sixth year as Editor of Wisden, although he has contributed for many years. He is also a cricket writer for the Daily Mail and author of several critically acclaimed books on the game.