The Game Of Empire

The cricket World Cup is underway. This three-part series explores the political implications of the game in different parts of the former British Empire.


01Gentlemen, I Give You Cricket19990520

Mark Whitaker looks at India, where cricket was a tool of colonial rule and a plaything of feudal princes, yet became an abiding popular passion.

02Soldiers, Cricketers And Sheep19990527

Mark Whitaker explores the hidden history of religious and class conflict in Australian cricket during the Bradman era.

03 LASTWhite Men Don't Bowl19990603

West Indian cricket has always been full of politics, and no more so than in the 1950s. As Britain's Caribbean colonies moved towards independence, the cricket captaincy remained in white hands. Mark Whitaker explores the campaign for black leadership.