Playfair Cricket Annual is a compact annual about cricket that is published in the United Kingdom each April, just before the English cricket season is due to begin. Its main purposes are to review the previous English season and to provide detailed career records and potted biographies of current players. It is produced in "pocket-sized" format, being approximately 5 in. by 4 in. (i.e., about 10 cm by 14 cm), so that it is ideal for taking to cricket matches. The front cover of each issue has a photograph of a prominent current cricketer. There is a belief that this "honour" has a "hex"Playfair Cricket Annual 2000, p.8.Playfair Cricket Annual 2005, p.2. associated with it.
The original publisher was Playfair Books Ltd of London, which had its office at Curzon Street when the first edition was published in April 1948; the company relocated soon afterwards to Haymarket. The name Playfair was chosen because it reads as "play fair", as confirmed by C B Fry who began his foreword to the first edition in 1948: "This Playfair Annual (and what a proper title for a book about the Noble Game) will commend itself to innumerable readers".Playfair Books Cricket Annual 1948, p.3. The first editor was Peter West who was succeeded in 1954 by Gordon Ross.Playfair Cricket Annual 1954. Roy Webber was the... Read More