England’s Graeme Swann was added to the long list for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricketer of the Year award on Thursday after his original omission sparked a furious reaction in Britain.
Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, who chaired the selection committee, insisted Swann’s absence from the original 16-man list was a "genuine oversight".
Lloyd, chairman of a selection panel that included fellow ex-internationals Angus Fraser (England), Matthew Hayden (Australia), Ravi Shastri (India) and Zimbabwe’s Duncan Fletcher, also a former England coach, said in an ICC statement issued Thursday: "It was a genuine oversight on the part of the committee as Graeme fully deserved to be nominated in this category.
"Graeme, during the voting period, produced some very strong performances which puts him alongside the other top performers." "On behalf of the selection panel, I apologise for this oversight," added Lloyd, also the chairman of the ICC’s cricket committee.