Wisden Cricket Monthly
) was a cricket
magazine that ran from June 1979 to September 2003.
The driving force behind the creation of WCM
was its first editor, David Frith
, formerly an editor of its rival, The Cricketer
. At first, it operated under the Wisden
name using license from John Wisden & Co
later bought a controlling interest.
Frith's tenure saw two major controversies involving WCM
. In 1987
banned an issue from the bookstalls at the Oval
, because of the frontpage headline Bloodbath in Birmingham
referring to the crowd trouble in the one day match between England
. In the July 1995 issue, WCM
published an article titled Is it in the blood
by Robert Henderson
, which questioned the commitment of foreign born players to English cricket. The cricketers' associations condemned the article while Phillip DeFreitas
and Devon Malcolm
After 202 editions, David Frith gave way to Tim de Lisle
after the issue in March 1996, and Stephen Fay
took over from de Lisle after he moved to Wisden's online venture. The last issue, in September 2003, coincided with Stephen Fay's 65th birthday and his retirement.
From October 2003, WCM
merged with The Cricketer
to form The Wisden Cricketer
. John Stern
, who had been Fay's deputy, became its first editor.
In December 2010, a private equity company called Test Match Extra Ltd - whoowned and ran a cricket website of the same name - bought The Wisden Cricketer
from the then owners BSkyB.
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