Anyone But England is a detailed exploration into the origins of cricket; the romance, cultural identity, hypocrisy, flaws of governance and glory of the game. Mike Marqusee, an American who fell in love with cricket when he moved to the Uk in the 1970s, looks at the history of elitism and empire, and how race and class have always been issues in the game. Scrutinising the long saga of South Africa’s exclusion from world cricket, Marqusee charts England’s collusion with apartheid, and also details an eye-opening account of Pakistan’s controversial ‘ball-tampering’ tour of England, which provoked intense debate amongst cricket fans about the role of both the media and racism in the modern game. Showing that supporting the game does not mean you need be blind to its flaws, Marqusee’s passion and enthusiasm for cricket is threaded through every element of Anyone But England.
Winner of the Aberdare Literary Prize, awarded by the British Society of Sports History, 1994
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, 1994
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