Based on original research and interviews with key figures of the day, Guy Fraser-Sampson evokes the era of the 1960s and 70s, the attitudes and politics of the time, and tells for the first time the story of the decade that dragged cricket ...
Author: Guy Fraser-Sampson
Publisher: Elliot & Thompson Limited
In a decade spanning the 1960s and 1970s three major crises gripped the world of cricket. The Close Affair in 1967, when Brian Close was relieved of the England captaincy in controversial circumstances, laid bare the ugly class prejudice which had lingered on from the days of Gentlemen and Players. The d'Oliveria Affair saw the selection of an England touring party become a major international incident which divided the nation. And the birth of World Series cricket forced players and establishment alike to confront the very nature of the game, and how it should be played. Torn between the politics of the sport and the shifting social pressures of the day, the venerable institution of cricket found itself caught at a crossroads that would come to define how the game would be played and received for years to come. Based on original research and interviews with key figures of the day, Guy Fraser-Sampson evokes the era of the 1960s and 70s, the attitudes and politics of the time, and tells for the first time the story of the decade that dragged cricket forever into the modern era. Along the way, the book tells the story of some of the cricketing greats, and of their triumphs, disasters, and personal tragedies. Gary Sobers, Colin Cowdrey, Ted Dexter, Ray Illingworth, John Snow, Derek Underwood, Geoff Boycott. The ups, the downs, and the elusive what-ifs.
Cricket at a Crossroads Graeme Wright. But it's not only on the field of dreams
that balance is so important. As Yost quotes the owner of the New England
Patriots, 'We compete against each other three hours a week. Otherwise, we
Author: Graeme Wright
Publisher: A&C Black
England's back-to-back Ashes victories, coupled with winning the 2010 World Twenty20, might give the impression that all is well in English cricket. But behind the headlines is another story: that of a county game struggling to cope with unprecedented levels of debt, a decline in membership and attendances, and the demands on players and spectators of an unsustainable fixture schedule. As a member of the ECB's Board of Directors admitted, 'English cricket is at something of a crossroads.' In this new book, Graeme Wright, a former editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack and author of Betrayal: The Struggle for Cricket's Soul, takes to the road to speak to those at the coalface of English county cricket. What he discovers there is not just a sport in crisis, but 18 complex organisations coming to terms with the reality of an ever-changing commercial world. And yet, perhaps surprisingly, he finds himself buoyed by a feeling of optimism. As the counties reposition their roles, not just in cricket but also within their local communities, there is something new and hopeful on the horizon. As Wright explores the world behind the boundary, he finds himself taking an affectionate - though not uncritical - look at England itself, as well as the best-loved game at its heart.
... of all, beyond literature and art, or even Carnival, is something akin to a
religion: cricket. Cricket remains enormously popular at home and among the
diaspora. As Trinidadian historian C. L. R. James wrote in his book about cricket,
Author: Carrie Gibson
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
A “wide-ranging, vivid” narrative history of one of the most coveted and complex regions of the world: the Caribbean (The Observer). Ever since Christopher Columbus stepped off the Santa Maria and announced that he had arrived in the Orient, the Caribbean has been a stage for projected fantasies and competition between world powers. In Empire’s Crossroads, British American historian Carrie Gibson offers a panoramic view of the region from the northern rim of South America up to Cuba and its rich, important history. After that fateful landing in 1492, the British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, and even the Swedes, Scots, and Germans sought their fortunes in the islands for the next two centuries. These fraught years gave way to a booming age of sugar, horrendous slavery, and extravagant wealth, as well as the Haitian Revolution and the long struggles for independence that ushered in the modern era. Gibson tells not only of imperial expansion—European and American—but also of life as it is lived in the islands, from before Columbus through the tumultuous twentieth century. Told “in fluid, colorful prose peppered with telling anecdotes,” Empire’s Crossroads provides an essential account of five centuries of history (Foreign Affairs). “Judicious, readable and extremely well-informed . . . Too many people know the Caribbean only as a tourist destination; [Gibson] takes us, instead, into its fascinating, complex and often tragic past. No vacation there will ever feel quite the same again.” —Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars and King Leopold’s Ghost
Cricket. at. the. Crossroads: CWC. 2007. as. Watershed. It took more than three
decades for the Cricket World Cup to reach the West Indies after it had travelled
to most parts of the world. The World Cup in the Caribbean was expected to be
Author: Boria Majumdar
The 2007 World Cup changed the terms of the debate around cricket. For India, the tournament turned out to be a national tragedy; for the first time in years there was a palpable weakening of the foundations of the country's universal obsession. For the hosts, West Indies, it almost put an end to the dream of creating a unified political, social and economic entity. For Australia, the world cup triumph was accompanied by a sense of deja vu which was evident in the muted celebrations. In the final analysis, for reasons of money, the ninth edition of the cup was bloated to accommodate sixteen teams for over a month and a half. Yet the tournament had no distinctive quality and no particular innovation, its format was dull and its title rendered meaningless in the process. What it did generate was heated discussions about the market, about the nature of profits, and about sportsmanship or the increasing lack of it. In this book, cricket historian Boria Majumdar analyses the many events and aspects of the World Cup, from the shocking death of Bob Woolmer to the dwindling television revenues in India. He examines the controversial legacy of the tournament and the importance of cricket, if any, in the shaping of contemporary societies.
United States is looking to India for partnerships . What other changes can one
find in Indiana for Indians ? Cricket . A wildly popular sport in India , but hardly
known in the United States , cricket is beginning to make inroads in the Hoosier
Author: John Sherman
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Capturing the growing racial, cultural, religious, and ethnic diversity of central Indiana, a collection of portrait photographs reveals the lives of thirty recent newcomers from around the world, accompanied by personal accounts of why each came to the region of the Midwest and their perspectives on living in Indiana.
... in Work and Retirement Donald Hirsch. 5 Pathways in the transition from work
to retirement " I ' ve played cricket for a number of years and I live very close to
Broadstairs Cricket Club . . . they ' ve got a vacancy for a groundsman coming up .
Author: Donald Hirsch
Publisher: Policy Press
This report brings together the findings from 12 projects in the Transitions after 50 series, and explores people's experiences, decisions and constraints as they pass from active labour market participation in their middle years towards a new identity in later life.