Friday, 13 June 2014

Cricket and Empire

Just came across this amazing description of a version of cricket played off the coast of Papua New Guinea:

"Trobrianders played cricket according to a number of rules which departed from the MCC-defined game. These included no restriction on the number of players per team (as long as the sides were even), throwing rather than bowling, a smaller-sized wicket, the incorporation of elaborate dances at the fall of each wicket and feasting at the end of the game (though of course all international cricketers now seem to have their own versions of each of these), and a convention whereby the home side always won."

from Dominic Malcolm's fascinating Globalizing Cricket: Englishness, Empire and Identity

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