An appreciation of cricket and The Cricket Society on its 75th anniversary.
It's the keynote in the fourth instalment from the BSSH 2020 Conference as we hear previous podcast guest Dr Prashant Kidambi deliver a wide-ranging Sir Derek Birley Memorial lecture on the writing of sports history. Informed by CLR James's classic text Beyond the Boundary Prashant discusses the boundary in sports history - both as a literal dividing line and as a metaphor for ways of thinking about sports relationship to wider events.
As a tribute to Everton Weekes, one of the greats of cricket, I publish my entry on him in the Dictionary of Latin American and Caribbean Biography.
This week it's the history of Indian cricket with Dr Prashant Kidambi of the University of Leicester.
His latest book, Cricket Country: An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire, tells the story of the first All-India team to visit Britain in 1911 and much, much more.
The history of international cricket in this week's podcast brought to you by the British Society of Sport History in association with the Institute of Historical Research with Geoff talking to Allister Webb about Yorkshire and Glamorgan County Cricket Clubs.
The next BSSH Sport and Leisure History seminar at the IHR will be given by Allister Smith on the relationship between cricket history and the bidding process for major sporting events such as the Men's Cricket World Cup of 2019.
6pm Mon 2nd December, John S Cohen Room
Thanks to the encouragement and energy of the editorial team of Bruce Murray, Richard Parry and Jonty Winch Cricket and Society in South Africa, 1910-1971 is now in print as part of Palgrave's series of studies in sport and politics. The largest guffaw of the BSSH's* recent conference came when one of the delegates said that sport and politics shouldn't mix. Our book is a c. 70,000 word refutation of that statement.
A short post with a link giving access to my latest publication for the International Journal for the History of Sport on early West Indies cricket.