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Press Release

For Immediate Publication

Jury Announcement for the Electrolux Wisden International Cricket Awards in October 2003

Mumbai, September 2, 2003: WISDEN, today announced the panel of judges for the 'Electrolux Wisden International Cricket Awards' to be held on October 30th, at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai. The Awards will be telecast LIVE and Exclusive on ESPN and STAR Sports.

The Award winners will be selected by an international jury, appointed by WISDEN, consisting of some of the greatest names associated with the game of cricket. The jury will meet in London on September 3, 2003 and make the selection based on performances over the previous twelve months period.

According to Sambit Bal, editor Wisden Asia Cricket and the person responsible to managing the voting process, the jury is the most distinctive feature about the Wisden awards. "We too have a rating system, he said, and it would have expedient to use it. But as any true lover of the game would know, while numbers are important, they don't always reveal the full truth. That's why instead of letting a computer programme decide the winners, we have chosen to trust the wisdom of those who know."

The jury members will have a discussion on each category before going in to vote. A presentation of each outstanding performance backed by statistical data will be made to the jury, accompanied by television clips of all the performances. Each member will then choose three performances and rank them. The first gets four points, second two and third one.

The list of esteemed Jury Members is as follows:

  • Barry Richards
  • Michael Holding
  • Ian Smith
  • Mike Atherton
  • Ranjan Madugalle
  • Rameez Raja
  • Richie Benaud
  • Steven Lynch
  • Sambit Bal
  • Ravi Shastri
Said Christpher Lane, Managing Director, John Wisden & Co. "Wisden is proud to be associated with an event which will celebrate the best performances by cricketers over the past year. The jury will not only consider the numbers behind the performances, but they will also examine factors like quality of opposition and state of the match. The impeccable credentials of the 10-member jury, and the methodology used in selecting the performances, will ensure that the winners are the most worthy and make these awards truly unique."

Said Rajeev Karwal, MD Electrolux Kelvinator Ltd." It is indeed a privilege to be associated with Wisden - The Bible of Cricket .I know how passionate people worldwide are about the game and I understand how the love of cricket can unite people from all backgrounds. Wisden is the most respected cricket authority and I'm sure the jury selection will generate huge interest and debate amongst cricket fans all over the world."

RC Venkateish, Managing Director, ESPN Software (I) Pvt. Ltd. said, "ESPN and STAR Sports have a very busy 'cricket calendar' with action from six out of the ten test playing nations happening on our channels throughout the year. Besides the LIVE cricket we showcase, we also present interesting programmes based on cricket like Hitz and Cricket Gold. 'Electrolux Wisden International Cricket Awards will add to our programming around the most popular game in India."