Two years ago, we went about compiling rankings of the 25 greatest batsmen and the 25 greatest bowlers in the history of cricket. Given that we have several new members and forum activity has increased significantly (as evident in the turnout for the post-WWII selection threads), the time is ripe to give it another shot. Essentially, we'll start at #1 and work our way down using a preferential voting system: each voter provides primary (2) and secondary (1) selections from the pool of remaining candidates and the highest-tallied batsman at the end of the two-day voting period gets in.
One change that I'd like to make is to remove the restriction of having a proven record in test cricket. Let's rank the best batsmen (not test batsmen), period - it's up to you to decide how much importance should be given to performance in test cricket - so that we can give serious consideration to the likes of WG Grace, Barry Richards and Vijay Merchant. Please resist the temptation to check out the old version. Discussion is highly encouraged, but please do not start posting articles or pollute the thread with overdone topics.