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Cricket at the crossroads : class, colour and controversy from 1967 to 1977

Author: Guy Fraser-Sampson
Publisher: London : Elliott & Thompson, 2011.
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Guy Fraser-Sampson
ISBN: 9781907642333 1907642331
OCLC Number: 751750680
Description: x, 278 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Guy Fraser-Sampson.

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"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."--Publisher's description.

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A fascinating account of a pivotal cricketing decade. --Tony Greig; An important, original and beautifully written book. --Peter Oborne; Guy Fraser-Sampson's 'Cricket at the Crossroads' ... is Read more...

 
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