The Ashes summer has ended 1 and again it has been a successful one for England’s cricketers. It was another series of controversy with technology, player behaviour, and the spirit of the game questioned. Cricket has long been a sport with its fair share of controversies, ranging from match fixing and boycotts to Boycott. One such flashpoint regarded the decision of Sir Garfield St Aubyn Sobers (or Gary) to play an exhibition match in Rhodesia, in 1970.
I have written previously about Ian Smith’s government’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence for Rhodesia in 1965, which had recriminations in British political circles for some years, repercussions even stretched to the cricketing world. In September 1967 – shortly after their county championship victory – Yorkshire were invited by the authorities in Salisbury (now Harare) to tour the country. Continue reading »
- 1. Don’t worry, the next one starts in just shy of three months. ^