I am sure there are some who believe that Wisden putting a section devoted to blogging (although it was a small one this year when no bloggers faked their identity or death) is some sort of heresy.
“Women in the longroom, black people captaining the Windies and blogs in Wisden, it’s just not cricket.”
I think it’s necessary for cricket to have independent and unedited opinion, plus dick jokes.
Bloggers don’t often stumble across little unknown nuggets, but when they do, they’ll publish them.
The best example of this is happening right now.
This isn’t some fake IPL bullshit, this is the real deal.
The website is Wicbexpose.
It is essentially wikileaks just about the WICB.
On it you can find out that the Jamaican Cricket Association credit card was used for 700,000 on Burger King.
How Conde Riley declared he was resigning, but never actually resigned.
Ottis Gibson’s bullet points on why Chris Gayle is too stupid to captain.
And so many other little juicy tidbits that I am sure the WICB doesn’t want aired.
Before this I didn’t even know cricket administracrats are Burger King.
It’s brilliant blogging, and if I were to write a piece on blogs for next years Wisden, it would definitely get a mention even if it doesn’t post another post.
That’s what I love about blogs, that freedom to take the piss and say what you feel, if in this case you seem to be getting fed sensitive information daily, it makes it even more exciting.
The blogs I mentioned in Wisden this year were the old batsman, paddlesweep, bored cricket crazy indians, last of the summer whine, night watch girl, sacricketblog, the corridor, short of a length, the cricket watcher’s journal, cricket action art, ducking beamers, play for country not for self, thoughts from the dustbin, fantasy bob and if you can hack illegally through the times paywall there is cricket central.