Corinthian Books – the sports imprint of Independent Alliance publisher Icon Books – introduces an uplifting tale of cricket (but not as you know it) making a difference in far-flung parts of the globe: Third Man in Havana.
For six years Tom Rodwell, Chairman of The Lord’s Taverners, ran cricketing programmes from Cuba to Zimbabwe, attempting to soothe the world’s ills with the curiously English balm known as cricket.
With a foreword from West Indian cricketing legend Courtney Walsh, Third Man in Havana charts the touching and amusing characters and experiences Rodwell encountered on his tours, such as Guantanamo Cricket Club opening bowler, Stalin, who perhaps unsurprisingly didn’t take kindly to his LBW appeal being rejected in Cuba’s first ever match against an England XI.
From Israel’s Be’er Sheva Cricket Club, whose pavilion is a converted nuclear bomb shelter (useful in the face of Hamas’ regular rocket attacks), to a game of ‘tapeball’ cricket with ex-Tamil Tiger child soldiers behind barbed wire in Sri Lanka, Rodwell discovers that the heart of the game is beating fast in countries more used to conflict than cricket.
Publication Date: 17 May 2012
Ebook ISBN: 9781906850357
Tom Rodwell helped run the charity Cricket for Change for eight years and is now Chairman of The Lord’s Taverners.
Courtney Walsh represented the West Indies from 1984 to 2001, captaining the team in 22 Test matches. In 2009 he established The Courtney Walsh Foundation which helps young people in Jamaica improve their lives through cricket.