Elk Stopped Play: And Other Tales from Wisden's 'Cricket Round the World'
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There are few parts of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack that embody the magic and appeal of the game more than Cricket Round the World. Elk Stopped Play is a carefully-chosen selection of stories from twenty years of one of Wisden's most-loved sections. Combining the highlights of two decades of the Almanack's coverage of the game's further reaches, as well as original material that places the stories in context and expands upon the incidents and personalities involved, it is an original and eccentric examination of the sport's enduring worldwide appeal.
There are extraordinary matches, great individual performances, stories of exceptional pioneering dedication and quirky incidents from all over the world, from games staged on tiny, far-flung Pacific islands to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic, from cricketers dodging mortars in Baghdad to Indonesian mud wickets on converted buffalo paddocks via fractured French skulls, Antarctic barbecues and untimely interruptions by Finnish elk. The perfect book to dip into either during the cricket season or during the long wait for the end of April to come round again, Elk Stopped Play, edited by Charlie Connelly, is a fantastic addition to the Wisden bookshelf.
of European gold prospectors, but it’s only in recent years that cricket has really started to take hold. Promising showings at international level earned Botswana an upgrade to ICC Associate Member status in 2005 just four years after becoming an Affiliate, but the nation’s cricket resources have more recently been directed towards developing the game in schools. The 7,000 children receiving coaching in schools across the country, even in the parched north of the Kalahari Desert, is quite a leap
time, Hobsbawm made an incongruous recruit to what was clearly a pretty lah-di-dah cricketing set-up. Batting at No. 10 he made one in the first innings and what turned out to be a crucial 15 in the second. He took one catch. It was the first Argentinean tour of Chile in 1893 that is most worthy of note here, though. For a start, the Argentina team had to cross the Andes by mule, a journey of three and a half days. “It is quite possible that in the future the lasting reconciliation between
When the MCC was in its infancy the first overseas tour was to be a jaunt across the Channel. Unfortunately, it being 1789, the tour became an unsung and forgotten victim of the French Revolution. The players arrived in France, only to have to beat a pretty hasty retreat when they realised what was going on. Two hundred years later MCC finally fulfilled their revolution-stopped-play fixture by taking on a French national team. Any knitting descendants of Madame Desfarge who happened to be on the
set the world alight, the ICA is a young federation with limited resources ministering to a massive country but, with a growing passion for the game and gifted people like Iqbal Sikander involved in bringing the game into Iranian schools, we should see the benefits filtering up to the national side within a generation or two. Where Iranian cricket is perhaps most remarkable is in the women’s game. As the 2012 Wisden reported, there are women’s teams active in eight of Iran’s 31 provinces, a
for the new season. For the first time, fielders will be able to attack the ball, rather than edge in tentatively from the boundary trying to predict bounce and trajectory on scorched-earth ground. Batsmen and bowlers will finally get off matting wickets, and learn to deal with spin and seam. When Oman finished 15th out of 16 at the 2012 World Twenty20 qualifying tournament, the sports ministry expressed their “deep disappointment”, and enquired why more Omani nationals had not been considered