Second XI: Cricket in its Outposts Paperback – Illustrated, 19 Jan 2015
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"One of the more important and timely cricket books to be published in a long while." --Gideon Haigh, The Australian
"A timely and excellent history of cricket's new frontiers." --Mike Atherton, The Times
"Wonderful." --The Telegraph
"THE BEST SPORTS BOOKS OF 2015. WG Grace would have been delighted to see his game spread to new territories, but would have been as baffled as Tim Wigmore and Peter Miller, authors of Second XI: Cricket in its Outposts, by the indifference, at best, of the game's rulers to such growth." --The Guardian
"One of the refrains of the last few weeks has been Associate disappointment with the ICC's direction of travel, accompanied by regular defiance on the field of play, andSecond XI is a similar rallying cry." --Alan Gardner, assistant editor, ESPN CricInfoM
"The story of this World Cup so far is the Associate nations. I hope that remains the case, even when we lose our minds during the final series in which only Ireland of the Associates is a serious chance to compete. The momentum of the Associates discussion started with a beautiful little book: Second XI by Tim Wigmore and Peter Miller, two true believers in the ability of the Associate nations to thrive against the traditional powerhouses and firm advocates of cricket broadening its horizons." Russell Jackson, The Cordon Blog, ESPN
"It takes perspective to understand the significance of the non-Test playing countries...This is where Second XI excels. It tells the story as it is; there's no lip service or patronising the have-nots. The writers, blessed with perspicacity, are able to provide a social context to this history of cricket too. The ICC is a major problem, but not the whole of it. This understanding permeates the account." --The Hindu
"The refugee turned World Cup cricket captain: the authors of a new book on far-flung corners of the cricketing world tell the tale of Mohammad Nabi, Afghanistan's skipper. So distrusting were the squad of the local cuisine that they regularly ate at McDonald's" --Sport magazine feature
"Highly recommended." --Martin Chandler, Cricketweb
"A fantastic, thoroughly researched and well-written book that is a must-have for any cricket lover. The best book on associate & affiliate cricket." --cricketeurope4.net
"The stories of cricket in Afghanistan and in other former outposts of the British Empire and beyond are the subject of Second XI, a new collection of essays edited and mostly written by the cricket journalists Tim Wigmore and Peter Miller." --New York Times
"A collection of essays that will leave the reader much better informed as to the state of the game in its far flung reaches... There are inspirational stories on many levels." --TheSportsBookshelf.com
"The stories of ten nations beyond the Test world. Afghanistan's Mohammed Nabi, brought up in a refugee camp, says of cricket that 'It brings peace to every tribe'. The tribal leaders at the ICC don't seem to agree. Brings together the frustrations and joys of teams that have done enough to dream of greater things, but are in danger of having those dreams snuffed out." --Wisden India Almanack
"A first-rate book on cricket's 'minnows'... A slap in the face to all those who strive to keep cricket the sole preserve of an elite club. Tim Wigmore and Peter Miller have argued with passion, conviction and statistics that the game belongs to all whether they play Test cricket or not" --Deccan Chronicle, India
"There are so many encouraging and remarkable stories in Second XI that it is impossible for any reviewer to languish in a sour mood for long. The book is worth buying for Wigmore's careful yet loving chronicle of Afghanistan's development, but every chapter offers enlightenment. Since I became a professional cricket-writer I have never read a book on the game which has taught me more about the game. Regardless of who wins the World Cup, Afghanistan are already the team of the tournament; now Wigmore and Miller's journalistic antennae combined with their writing skills have produced one of the cricket books of the year." --Lancs CCC official site
"The story of this World Cup so far is the Associate nations. I hope that remains the case, even when we lose our minds during the final series in which only Ireland of the Associates is a serious chance to compete. The momentum of the Associates discussion started with a beautiful little book - Second XI by Tim Wigmore and Peter Miller, two true believers in the ability of the Associate nations to thrive against the traditional powerhouses and firm advocates of cricket broadening its horizons." --Russell Jackson , ESPN cricinfo.com
"One of the refrains of the last few weeks has been Associate disappointment with the ICC's direction of travel, accompanied by regular defiance on the field of play, and Second XI is a similar rallying cry." --Alan Gardner, Cricinfo
"Second XI provides a thoughtful and well-researched study of the challenges faced by the Associates and Affiliates. It should certainly be required reading by the administrators of the ICC, so that they can appreciate the effects, both positive and adverse, of their attitudes and policies." --Roy Morgan, The Cricket Statistician, Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians
"The anecdotes are colourful and quirky, the characters enlightening. But whatever good feeling is obtained from these stories is dissipated by the obvious failure of the ICC to sufficiently cultivate the game. Their opposition to cricket as an Olympic sport, for example, is one-eyed. The wider public are wising up to the plight of those outside cricket's top ten. This definitive book plays a huge part in that." --Vithushan Ehantharajah, All Out Cricket
"Thoroughly worthwhile for anyone wanting to know more about the Associate nations. With chapters on Afghanistan, Ireland, UAE, Scotland, The Netherlands, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, China and the USA, this is an excellent book to find out so much more about the countries and players who have given so much pleasure over the last month." --AndrewRobertsCricketStatistics.com
"English cricket has suffered as a result of being absent from terrestrial television. Reading this book will, however, rekindle a love for what many are missing." --SportsBookoftheMonth.com
About the Author
Tim Wigmore writes on cricket for the Daily Telegraph. Peter Miller is a freelance cricket writer, blogger and podcaster. Gideon Haigh has written or edited more than 20 books on cricket. Sahil Dutta is a former assistant editor for ESPNCricinfo, and writes regularly for The Cricketer. Tim Brooks is a cricket writer and commentator.
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Not only was the book informative and wide ranging. It makes you feel a huge range of emotions. Most of all a feeling of Hope.
The well researched and well written stories show how Cricket develops in each country differently.
This book should be read by any and every person who follows Cricket. There is a lot more going on then most people know.
Im looking forward to the next book in the series already!
Stuart - Hampshire