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Cricket, a Global History 1945-2012 (Hardcover) (Stephen Wagg)
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Cricket is an enduring paradox. On the one hand, it symbolises much that is outmoded - imperialism; a leisured elite; a rural, aristocratic Englishness. On the other, it endures as a global game, and does so by skilful adaptation, trading partly on its mythic past and partly on its capacity to repackage itself for a postmodern, digital world. In this ambitious and important new history, Stephen Wagg tells the story of cricket around the world since the Second World War, examining key cultural and political themes, from decolonisation and globalisation to corruption, commercialisation and the rise of the IPL. Essential reading for anybody interested in the contemporary history of sport.