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Latest edition of Wisden Almanack has dropped the term ‘Chinaman’ from their list of bowling types. They have now replaced the term with slow left-arm wrist-spin (SLW), which was earlier called as slow left-arm chinaman (SLC). The term ‘Chinaman’ is considered as derogatory. Ellis ‘Puss’ Achong was a left arm slow bowler from Trinidad, who may have been responsible for the term ‘Chinaman’ entering the cricketing lexicon.

According to dailymail.co.uk, Wisden spokesperson said: “A Wisden spokesman said: ‘The designation is no longer appropriate, so we’re changing it.” Andrew Wu, cricket writer for Sydney Morning Herald has objected to the term, and called it ‘racially offensive terminology’. This came into light when India’s Kuldeep Yadav made his Test debut against Australia in 2017. FYI, there have been only 30 SLW type bowlers in international cricket.

Kuldeep was also India’s first (men’s) SLW bowler, while Preeti ‘Dolly’ Dimri was the first Indian SLW to make international debut.