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5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket writing at its very best
Gideon Haigh is one of world cricket's leading writers, and this anthology of writings from 2008-11 demonstrates just why. The book's central theme is the emergence of the IPL Twenty20 competition and its effect on world cricket. Along the way, Haigh spends much time examining the workings of the BCCI, the ICC and Cricket Australia, and also deals with cricket journalism,...
Published on 4 Jan. 2013 by M. V. Clarke

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3.0 out of 5 stars Did not influence me
You do need to be a cricket fan to read all of this book. It is very slow in all chapters that also repeat themselves. It is more of a serious study of the Indian cricket scene than a holiday read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cricket writing at its very best, 4 Jan. 2013
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M. V. Clarke (Durham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sphere of Influence: Writings on Cricket and Its Discontents (Paperback)
Gideon Haigh is one of world cricket's leading writers, and this anthology of writings from 2008-11 demonstrates just why. The book's central theme is the emergence of the IPL Twenty20 competition and its effect on world cricket. Along the way, Haigh spends much time examining the workings of the BCCI, the ICC and Cricket Australia, and also deals with cricket journalism, and the spot-fixing scandal involving Pakistan in 2010. Haigh's brilliance is in his level-headed wisdom, sharp observation, and memorable, and often humorous, turns of phrase. The ICC fare badly here; Haigh lays bare their ineffective governance, petty squabbling, and lack of direction. The BCCI too, and several of its senior figures, also receive much criticism for their disregard of cricket in its global context in the search for quick money. Haigh is, though, positive about aspects of the IPL, and is not simply out to castigate it; instead, he offers logical suggestions for how such a competition might integrate more readily into the ICC international programme. Along the way, there are some brilliant profiles of cricketers past and present, and Haigh's knowledge of cricket history adds real weight to his writing. This is a book that should be read by all serious cricket fans, and, although it's probably too much to hope, be mandatory reading for anyone involved in cricket governance.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good cricket read, 20 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Sphere of Influence: Writings on Cricket and Its Discontents (Paperback)
I have to admit from the start i am a fan of the authors writings views on cricket,and he dosent' dissapoint here.To me it seems that he can construct a point of view you may not always agree on but respect.There is quite a bit on the IPL and i found it very informative even though i prefer test matches.This is an excellent book for cricket fans and would highly reccomend it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Offering, 3 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Sphere of Influence: Writings on Cricket and Its Discontents (Paperback)
Similar to the first reviewer, i am a fan of Gideon Haigh's work and have enjoyed many of his previous books. His current offering is another excellent anthology of his work covering a period from 2008-2011, a time when cricket endured a tumultuous revolution as T20 and the IPL became major influences on the game. Haigh's work is always erudite and encourages one to think about the subject extolled. His mini biographies of players past and present are particularly enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Did not influence me, 25 Jun. 2013
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You do need to be a cricket fan to read all of this book. It is very slow in all chapters that also repeat themselves. It is more of a serious study of the Indian cricket scene than a holiday read.
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