Sphere of Influence: Writings on Cricket and Its Discontents

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'Does cricket make money in order to exist, or does it exist in order to make money?' In the last three years, cricket has changed more completely than in the preceding three decades, revolutionised by a racy new format, Twenty20, and a glamorous new competition, the Indian Premier League. How did India come to run world cricket? How did clubs owned by billionaires and Bollywood stars begin to shove international competition aside? How did money unite players and divide administrators, amid allegations of massive corruption? Gideon Haigh has followed cricket's biggest story since Kerry Packer's 'World Series' from the beginning: Sphere of Influence is the result. This insightful collection brings the struggle to save cricket's soul into sharp and disturbing focus.

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Gideon Haigh has been writing about sport, business, both and neither, for more than 30 years. His previous biography, On Warne, won the MCC/Cricket Society and the British Sports Book Awards prizes as the cricket book of the year. He lives in Melbourne.

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'Further confirmation of his exceptional talent ... Excellent' Weekend Australian 'As a writer Gideon has played his shots and he's got them all: wit, irony, erudition and endurance' Age 'This insightful collection brings the struggle to save cricket's soul into sharp and disturbing focus' Campus Review 'Cricket lovers will find it fascinating' Ballarat Courier 'Few writers possess Haigh's incisiveness and eloquence' Bookseller and Publisher

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