Cricket is most popular in those parts of the world where the English have had the most influence which probably explains why it has never really taken off in Scotland or the United States of America. Yet cricket at various levels is played around the world in countries such as Denmark and Japan where you would least expect the last game of the gentleman to proliferate. One only has to consult that yellow-jacketed bible of the sport Wisden Cricketers' Almanack each April to read accounts of the sport internationally.
Cricket encompasses every aspect of the human condition. In this book you will read tales of sporting excellence, bravery, jealousy and derring do on and off the square. Cricketers have fought and died in the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars as well as losing their lives in 9/11 and the Bali bombs - a gentleman in white flannels is even a prime suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders. Cricketers have been murdered on golf courses and in the homes of madwomen. They have come under terrorist attack on the way to a Test ground. They have committed suicide because of financial and mental problems. In fact there is virtually no area of the human condition that a cricketer has not participated in.
This small book is not intended to be a history of cricket but it will hopefully find favour with cricket fans young and old as they dip into stories about cricketers past and present. The book can be read in one sitting or dipped into at will or even used as a quiz book during the lunch or tea intervals or those interminable times in English summers when bad light or rain stops play. If you intend to use it as quizbook then these posers might get you started:
"A whole year's worth of fascinating anniversaries from an endlessly fascinating game!"