The Cricket War by Gideon Haigh
THE CRICKET WAR
The Story of Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket
Published by Wisden – 2 November 2017
£12.99 – Paperback/Ebook
Never before published in the UK, The Cricket War is the definitive account of the split that changed cricket on the field and on the screen, exploring the end of the game as we knew it – and the beginning of it as we know it.
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The Cricket War is the definitive account of the split that changed the game on the field and on the screen. In May 1977, the cricket world awoke to discover that a businessman called Kerry Packer had signed thirty-five elite international players for his own televised ‘World Series’.
In helmets, under lights, with white balls, and in coloured clothes, the outlaw armies of Ian Chappell, Tony Greig and Clive Lloyd fought a daily battle of survival. In boardrooms and courtrooms Packer and cricket’s rulers fought a bitter war of nerves.
With a new introduction by author Gideon Haigh to mark WSC’s 40th anniversary, The Cricket War explores the end of cricket as we knew it – and the beginning of cricket as we know it.
Gideon Haigh is an award-winning independent journalist, who has written for more than a hundred newspapers and magazines over a thirty-four-year career, including The Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Australian, The Age and The Cricketer. He has published thirty-two books, twenty-one of them about cricket, and edited seven others. Born in London, Haigh went to school in Geelong, and now lives in Melbourne.