Real International Cricket by Morgan Roy
Real International Cricket charts cricket's global evolution across the last 175 years. Author Roy Morgan selects 100 different scorecards from matches involving non-Test-playing nations played between 1840 and the modern day. From early adopters Canada and USA to top associates Ireland and Afghanistan; from countries where cricket's the national sport such as Papua New Guinea to outposts like Saint Helena and New Caledonia or Hungary and Romania where cricket is in its infancy. Each scorecard is accompanied by a match report setting each match in an historical context. Tracing changes in the atmosphere the size of the crowds the style of hospitality methods of transport the roles of expats and local players how the standards have risen or fallen over time and the increasing importance of women's internationals. From the early years through the Golden Age the decline prior to and revival after the Second World War to the present-day struggle to maintain multi-innings cricket against the excitement of one-day internationals and Twenty20. This is a tribute to the game's pioneers enthusiasts and eccentrics and shows how cricket has developed as a global sport.