A Boy, A Man and a Game
by Stanton Sheogobind

"In the world of cricket, there was a team renowned for its exciting, refreshing, and aggressive brand of cricket. This team was the West Indies."

A love letter to cricket's days of glory in the West Indies, this book is a memoir of the teams that the author was a member of, those that he cheered for, and the players and teams for which he has fond memories. Cricket has been a part of his life since 1949. The memories and anecdotes that Sheogobind shares are potent, as are his memories of the politics and financial disparities. At a match in Barbadoes, the author's Colombian flag attracted not the commentators, as hoped, but security, who asked him to remove it. Despite political and financial sacrifices for "The Game," the author bonded to his experiences and friends in ways that athletes and fans do—passionately, and for life. "In those moments when there [was] dull and uninspiring play . . . the crowd stomped, waved, and shouted, trying to keep their spirits up."

It helps to know how to play cricket in order to experience this memoir in all its athletic, academic, and social richness. There are currently 42 Laws of Cricket. Its popularity among the upper class—which was, for about 300 years the only class allowed to play it—seemed to peak during the Victorian and Edwardian eras (1837-1901; 1901-1911). Gradually, many men from other traditions were accepted on teams. In the 21st century, professional teams of women players have developed. As a schoolmaster, Sheogobind championed the integration of boys' and girls' teams and was truly touched when a group of youngsters responded with emotion to their home team's loss to India. The included photographs and glossary add even more to the book.

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