BOOK: Cricket:1973 and Me – By Colin Babb on The England v West Indies Test Series

By Colin Babb

The England v West Indies Test Series and a Memorable Childhood Year

“… a vital account of the spirit, dynamism and cultural transformation of cricket brought about by West Indian cricketers.” COLIN GRANT, HISTORIAN, AUTHOR AND BROADCASTER  re 1973 and Me

From 1968 to 1973, the West Indies did not win a Test series. They lost 2-0 on their previous England tour in 1969. By 1973, and despite this lack of success, West Indian cricket still played a central role as a medium of Caribbean self-expression in Britain. In the summer of 1973, could the West Indies deliver the performances and results to inspire the Caribbean diaspora in Britain?           

1973 and Me reveals why this was a landmark year for many of the contributors, exploring the story, legacy, first-hand testimonies and Colin’s personal memoir of this iconic year. This was the year Colin ‘discovered’ cricket on television, which provided intense competition to his devotion to football. Including Leeds United, the legacy of Albert Johanneson, the emergence of Clyde Best and more.

READ MORE: Press Release – 1973 and Me by Colin Babb

Video: West Indies in England 1973 – First Test – Oval – Highlights

Highlights: West Indies First Innings where they scored over 400 runs

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  • Goordial hemraj  On 06/14/2020 at 10:01 pm

    I for one lost interest in Cricket since Rohan Kyhandial and Borrow quit playing in the then West Indies Cricket Team.I probably spell Rohan’s name wrong, no disrespect to his family.

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