“Empire Of Cricket” – The West Indies – 6 videos

BBC Cricket Documentary:

The English invented cricket, created its rules and a whole moral code for the game. They then exported this elegant game of bat and ball to the wider British Empire. But England began to struggle when the natives began to play the game so much better.

The English game was also divided by class and held back by its own traditions. Until the 1960s, cricket was literally divided between upper class gentlemen, the amateurs and lower class players, the professionals.

Even the way players addressed the ball had class connotations, with exuberant off-side shots being presented in training manuals as somehow having greater value than more workmanlike leg-side scoring.
In telling the story of cricket in England, Empire of Cricket explores the careers of great cricketers from Grace to Hobbs, Hutton to Illingworth, Botham to Pietersen.  It also shows how cricket in England has been influenced by historical and cultural factors that have shaped the game we know today.  (BBC)

“Empire Of Cricket” – The West Indies

Note: Part 1 of 6 is above – look at at the other five parts below:  

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  • janetdorie@yahoo.com  On April 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    It seems as if female cricketers are left out. Anyhow, I am pleased to tell you that I have been playing cricket for almost 55 years and when I was 55 I played international cricket. My name is Janet John-Dorie from Guyana.

    Don’t matter what kind of rules they create for different strokes, the players will still create their own style and still do very well.
    I think that we have taken their own whip to beat them where this lovely game of cricket is concerned.

  • Rick Singh  On April 7, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Date Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 10:56 PM
    subject RE: “Empire Of Cricket” — The West Indies

    This is wonderful.
    I learned more about cricket today.


  • guyaneseonline  On September 9, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Reblogged this on Guyanese Online and commented:

    This entry was first posted on April 5, 2011. Some readers may not have seen it so we have reblogged it. Enjoy!!

  • Deen  On September 9, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    This BBC cricket documentary was very interesting and provided great highlights of the West Indies outstanding cricket performance and the political importance of the game.
    I hope the political leaders in the Caribbean and Guyana will continue to invest and promote cricket in schools in the Western Hemisphere and, hopefully, once again, the West Indies Cricket Team will have outstanding players to emerge as the leader
    in the empire of cricket.
    Thanks for reposting this documentary.

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