An excerpt from ” The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption, and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India” by James Astill.
Cricket holds a special place in India’s social and popular culture. James Astill, author of ‘The Great Tamasha,’ joins Bill Littlefield to detail the evolution of the sport in India.
Imagine two nations that have more in common than most families. Then imagine four wars and a stockpile of nuclear weapons on both sides. This is the backstory each time India and Pakistan meet to play cricket. India and Pakistan recently played a three-game series in Delhi and Calcutta. Only A Game’s Ken Shulman was there.
On Christmas Day, India and Pakistan will begin their first bilateral cricket series in five years. Only A Game’s Ken Shulman is traveling to India for the matches, and spoke with Bill Littlefield about the significance of the series.
While celebrating his town’s 300th anniversary on Sunday, Bill Littlefield discovered a cricket match being played on a neighborhood field that many residents thought was named after a chirping insect.
Cricket may be a popular sport in the rest of the world, but it hasn’t caught on in the United States. That may be changing in New York as the city’s public schools are promoting cricket as part of their athletic program. Only A Game’s Ron Schachter reports on the emergence of batsmen and bowlers […]
“With this bullseye, I thee wed.” Bill has the story of hunters getting married in a tree stand. Also, these old books about cricket can’t be worth anything … or can they? Read Bill’s latest post about the wackier side of sports.
Angus Bell’s book, Batting on the Bosphorus: A Liquor Fueled Cricket Tour through Eastern Europe, might not teach you much about the game of cricket. But, Bill Littlefield says, it will keep you laughing.