chapter  4
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Ideologies of West Indian Cricket

The English sport of cricket was introduced into British territories in the West Indies after Emancipation (Bowen 1970). Although the form in which the game was introduced reflected (to a large extent) ideological, socio-economic and political developments in England, its content was influenced by the specificities and conditionalities of Anglophone territories. By the middle of the nineteenth century cricket in England was an elitist sport dominated by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). In the West Indies the game was first played by the highest echelons of the military. As in England, elite clubs were established in many territories before the middle of the nineteenth century. Members were wealthy planters, merchants, their sons, and the colonial administrators.