West Indies
in The imperial game
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From its beginnings in semi-organised form through its unfolding into a contemporary internationalised structure, Caribbean cricket has been marked by a tight affiliation with complex social processing in the islands and states which make up the West Indies. For the white elite, cricket was a substantial bond with the culture of 'Home'. Even though many families had been in the Caribbean for two or three hundred years, their cultural affiliations were still with England rather than with any emergent hybridity. For non-white Caribbean clubs the struggle for recognition and social positioning was as intense, if not more so. In the later nineteenth century, a significant number of Caribbean players found work in professional leagues in North America while, from the 1920s onwards, Caribbean players were a major presence in English league cricket.

The imperial game

Cricket, Culture and Society

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