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Loyal of Lhasa
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Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
13 October, 2017 16:46
Forgive me if this topic has been mentioned before (and it isn't really news either), but I would like to draw fellow contributors' attention to a book I have just finished reading.

The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Rise of Modern India is a hard-hitting account of how cricket in India has moved from its humble and romantic origins to the ruthless commercialism that drives it today, reflecting similar changes in the nation's political and business life. The story is sad and salutary, though it is pointed out that T20, for all its absurdity and greed, brings much excitement and happiness to millions of Indians whose lives are otherwise monotonous and difficult.

There are some here who will relish the scathing criticism of the power brokers whose interest in acquiring wealth far outweighs any interest in the game itself, its history or its future. It is not always the easiest of reads but I commend it to those willing to persevere.



LoL

Seventy Seasons a Somerset Supporter



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Bobstan
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Bobstan (IP Logged)
13 October, 2017 18:23
Following on from LoL's post can I recommend the Autumn edition of The Nightwatchman, the Wisden Cricket Quarterly. It's a special souvenir edition celebrating 60 years of Test Match Special.

It has many well-written essays, and would interest any who have enjoyed TMS's gradually changing ambience over the years. The article about Alan Gibson by Anthony may be of particular interest to Somerset followers. For me Gibson was right up there with Arlott.

 
Mike BOS
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Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
15 October, 2017 09:43
One of the world's most popular sports is barely known in the US. But, driven by a new generation of immigrants, could cricket finally take off?

The Washington Cricket League is thriving. There are 42 teams in total, and new applicants are turned away each year because of a lack of pitches.

Another local league, the Washington Metropolitan Cricket Board, has 18 clubs. For an area with barely any "real" pitches, it's astonishing.
[www.bbc.co.uk]

 
Somerset LaLaLa
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Somerset LaLaLa (IP Logged)
15 October, 2017 17:35
Yes, the history of cricket in the US is very interesting.

[www.espncricinfo.com]

A quotation from the above link made me smile:

"Some city cricket clubs, viewing it as an auxiliary entertainment, had even sponsored the first "baseball" teams, as they came to be called. After 1900, baseball took over the American scene, created its independent mythology, and obviated the sport that gave it birth. In a few decades, cricket in America had become only a memory."

Cricket in Philadelphia, USA (not to be confused with in Sunderland) was particularly strong and they have an international festival now in May.

[www.philacricket.com]
[www.cricketfestival.com]

 
MESSAGES->author
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JuliaW (IP Logged)
20 October, 2017 15:48
A piece by Matthew Engel in the Guardian which sums up what I, and many more on here, fear about the future of the game we love.

Cricket is rotting away

 
Grizzzly
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Grizzzly (IP Logged)
20 October, 2017 17:12
Excellent (if somewhat depressing) article, summing up the parlous prospects for the game.

It would be nice to think that the 2018 fixture list will be more balanced in terms of having Championship games throughout the season, rather than just at the beginning & end.

And that there might just be a few games during the peak summer months, rather than empty grounds just begging for some action, aside from the endless T20 shenanigans.

If only......

Grizzzly

 
Bagpuss
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Bagpuss (IP Logged)
20 October, 2017 18:19
With the 50 over and T20 each in their own blocks the cc will be squeezed again, although there may be a little more early summer red ball action than this summer as hosting the women's world cup meant the ground was unavailable for several weeks.

 
Grizzzly
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Grizzzly (IP Logged)
20 October, 2017 18:24
Oh for the days of the John Player League & the B & H Cup.

Was it really oh so bad then ?

Grizzzly

 
Bagpuss
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Bagpuss (IP Logged)
21 October, 2017 00:04
Cricket on Sundays throughout the summer - when I was lucky at Taunton, but more often watched on a little black and white portable tv in my bedroom tuned to bbc2.

The days I fell in love with cricket seem a long time ago.

 
Shepton Paul 2
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Shepton Paul 2 (IP Logged)
21 October, 2017 09:33
I think Matthew Engel is one of great current British writers, and not just about cricket (I guess he's better BECAUSE he doesn't just write about cricket). "Engel's England" is one of my favourite books of the last decade, rambling about his rambling around the 39 counties.

 
Ronniesabre
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Ronniesabre (IP Logged)
21 October, 2017 11:10
Quote:
Grizzzly
Oh for the days of the John Player League & the B & H Cup.
Was it really oh so bad then ?

Grizzzly

No it wasn’t grizz . It was great back then

 
MESSAGES->author
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Grockle (IP Logged)
21 October, 2017 11:49
Well for a few years, probably a shorter time than it actually feels. Then nothing until 1999 and the phase through until 2002.



(Sm72)



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AGod
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AGod (IP Logged)
21 October, 2017 15:41
What an appalling suggestion Mr Engel made - using a mixture of three different competitions to arrive at one champion - according to his article he suggested this both for Test and county cricket ...er, no - absolutely not as far as county cricket is concerned - can you imagine what the ECB would do with that? 40 T20s, 5 50 over games and one CC match to decide 'an overall champion.'

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