Wisden drops the term "Chinaman" from their cricket dictionary

There have been only 30 SLW type bowlers in the international arena.

Brad Hogg is also an left-arm wrist-spin bowler | Reuters

The term ‘Chinaman’ that was unusually used for some rare bowler has been banned by the Wisden on Thursday (12 April), and now it has replaced with slow left-arm wrist-spin (SLW).

In Wisden Almanack’s latest edition for 2018, it has decided to remove the term “Chinaman” from their list, and the decision was taken after many including the Sydney Morning Herald journalist Andrew Wu has objected to the term, asking to remove it and even he called it "racially offensive terminology".

Earlier, the SLW was called as slow left-arm Chinaman (SLC), but it was supposed as "offensive", and that’s why Wisden changed it with slow left-arm wrist-spin (SLW).

AS per reports in dailymail.co.uk, Trinidad’s left-arm slow bowler Ellis ‘Puss’ Achong may have been responsible for the term ‘Chinaman’ entering the cricketing dictionary, as England’s Walter Robins was stumped off Achong 1933 Old Trafford Test between the West Indies and England, he allegedly told umpire Joe Hardstaff, “Fancy being done by a bloody Chinaman.”

And then Windies all-rounder Learie Constantine, fielding nearby, asked: “Is that the man or the ball?”

Meanwhile, it has all started when India’s Kuldeep Yadav made his Test debut against Australia last year in March, and since then he is recognized as Chinaman bowler for his rare action with the ball.

Since then, the questions have been continuously raised over the term. Now, the term "Chinaman" has scrapped.

A Wisden spokesman said, “The designation is no longer appropriate, so we’re changing it.”

It is learned that there have been only 30 SLW type bowlers in the international arena.



By Rashmi Nanda - 13 Apr, 2018

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