The Cricket War
In May 1977, the cricket world woke to discover that a 39-year-old businessman called Kerry Packer had signed thirty-five elite international players for his own televised World Series Cricket. The Cricket War, now published with a new introduction and afterword, is the definitive account of the split that changed the game on the field and on the screen. 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. A compelling account of top-class sporting life, The Cricket War also gives a unique insight into the motives and methods of the tycoon who became Australia's richest man.
- Electronic book text
- 15 Aug 2013
- Melbourne University Press
- Melbourne University Press Digital
About Gideon Haigh
Gideon Haigh is the author of Game For Anything: Writings on cricket, The Big Ship: Warwick Armstrong and the Making of Modern Cricket, Mystery Spinner: The story of Jack Iverson, and The Border Years, and has edited Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack Australia. He covered the 2005 Ashes series for the Guardian newspaper in the UK. His other books include the award-winning Asbestos House, and Bad Company.