Cricket Mercenaries – Overseas Players in English Cricket, David Lemmon



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The use of the term ‘mercenaries’ in the book’s title hints at a somewhat negative bias on the part of the author against the influx of ‘foreigners’ in the British domestic cricket as do a few turns of phrase here and there in the book.

One such is when he quotes C.E Greene, a vociferous opponent of such imports, talking of preventing county cricket from “ever becoming merely a gate money business affair, which the engaging of outside ‘star’ players to strengthen a county side must ultimately cause it to be”. In the very next sentence, the author claims “Greene had vision” and “fought a balanced and visionary campaign” (on the subject matter).

This is a thoughtful, if slightly dated view on this matter – read it and be enthralled, I was!

Published 1987.

Hardback – with original dust jacket.

Condition: 8/10



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