Colleagues, Family and Friends – Supporters at the Cricket Rematch (Photo by Dorri) The Trini bowler throws the pitch. It looks promising. The line towards the wicket is clean. The crowd is on their toes. The Barbadian batsman (Julian) gracefully swings the bat and …. FOUR shouts the Umpire. The crowd groans. It seems despite all efforts, … [Read more...] about Cricket Wicket
So I told you about batswomen, throwing with your elbow straight, and an innings. Questions? Oh, yes. You meant one inning? No, man, I meant one innings - and it can go up to four innings. I see. Every time the wicket is knocked over it's a wicket? That too. But there are other ways to get a wicket. Hit the ball in the air and it is caught, it's a wicket. The ball is going to … [Read more...] about One-day? Twenty-20?
It didn't take me long after arriving in the English-speaking Caribbean to figure out that Latin American stories about this beautiful game might be just urban legends. They abound: cricket is boring, too complex ever to understand; games last for days, weeks; spectators can’t wear a cap or cheer out loud - you can only raise cards with 4 or 6; raise the wrong card, you are … [Read more...] about “Explaining” Cricket
There are strong and intriguing parallels between the performances of the West Indian Cricket team and the region’s economy during the past three decades. The Windies’ successes remained sporadic until the 1960s, when the side changed from a white-dominated to a black-dominated team – the Windies became more inclusive and more competitive where team selection was based on … [Read more...] about What’s Cricket Got to Do with it?