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“Capital game – smart sport – fine exercise – very.”  So said Mr Winkle, commentating on an encounter between a team from All-Muggleton and Dingley Dell Cricket Club in Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers.

Welcome to the Planet Sport homepage designed for lovers of this “Capital Game and Smart Sport”.  You’ll find here interviews, discussions, articles and blogs about the game we love.

How to explain cricket to someone unfamiliar with the game….

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.

When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game 

Cricket fans India 


Cricket, however, has more in it than mere efficiency. There is something called the spirit of cricket, which cannot be defined. Lord Tennyson, Sticky Wickets

A cricketer's life is a life of splendid freedom, healthy effort, endless variety, and delightful good fellowship. W G Grace

Cricket was my reason for living.  Harald Larwood

Cricket civilizes people and creates good gentlemen. I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen. Robert Mugabe 



Suruj Ragoonath

Suruj Ragoonath played for Trinidad and Tobago and the West Indies.  An aggressive, right-handed opening batsman he scored 3261 runs in 66 first-class matches from 1988-2001 averaging 29.11 with a top score of 128.  He played two Tests against Australia in 1999 but found the going hard scoring just 13 runs in four innings.  Today he is the Chief Executive Office of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board.  In one of our archive interviews Adrian Barnard spoke to him shortly after he retired about his life and career.


1. Suruj tells us how he first got into cricket.  “Gordon Greenidge has been my cricketing icon.  I patterned myself after him in some ways because I became an opening batsman….”


2. Playing alongside the great Brian Lara.  “What is nice about playing with Brian Lara is that so much of the focus is on him that some of the pressure is taken off you.”


3. Fulfilling a childhood dream to play for the West Indies.  “It was a fulfilling moment, a very joyful moment, and I thought that all the hard work had finally paid off.”


4. His passion for his faith as well as his cricket.  “Playing for the West Indies was the highlight of my cricketing career but the highlight of my life is knowing Christ."




Growing up in a pretty normal South African family you always knew the difference between wrong and right but there was no relationship with the Lord.  And then it was actually through the change in my parents that I came to know the Lord.  When they both became Christians I saw a change in their lives and I knew that I wanted to be like that so it’s been something that’s had a life-changing effect on my life and something I’d recommend to anyone.  Shaun Pollock, South Africa

There were a lot of difficult times because my cricket career has been a very chequered career.  I put my trust in God to help me to overcome the fears that I had on the cricket field.  And eventually I was able to do that with a lot of fasting and praying, spending time in the word of God and really, building my faith up.  The Bible says that God didn’t create me to be a failure, he never made failures and I can do all things through Christ.  He didn’t give me a spirit of fear but of power and I had to start believing the word of God.  And I thank God that I have been able to overcome that fear and not just the fear of playing cricket, the fear of conquering the adversities on the cricket field you know, the fear of being dropped from your national cricket team, but He has given me the confidence that now that I am in different things in life that I have that same confidence that God is with me and I can overcome just about anything with his help.  Suruj Ragoonath, West Indies

It’s always nice if you do well on the field and you can play a big part.  You know it’s an honour to play for your country and I think that’s also key in doing well.  It’s nice to be in the limelight and to know the Lord being part of my life.  You know we’re role models and people look up to us and you’ve got to show them that the Lord is part of you and that his light is shining through whatever you do off the field.  Nicky Boje, South Africa

Round Table

Discussions on moral and ethical issues in the game we love.  Three issues discussed by our panel:

  • Henry Olonga, played 30 Tests and 50 ODIs for Zimbabwe
  • Brian Pearson, ECB registered umpire and coach
  • Chris Binstead, cricket fan and supporter of Sussex CCC and England

1. Walking.  Should batsmen be expected to walk if they know they are out, regardless of the umpire’s decision?


2. Sledging.  What is sledging, is it a fair part of the game and when does it overstep the mark?


Top sledges:

Fred Trueman:  An Australian batsman was walking onto the field, opened the gate and before he could shut it, Trueman remarked: "Don't bother shutting it, son, you won't be there long enough".

Merv Hughes and Graham Gooch:  Merv Hughes was all over Gooch in one Test and proceeded to say: "Would you like me to bowl a piano and see if you can play that".

Mark Waugh and James Ormond:  James Ormond came out to bat in a match with Australia. Mark Waugh, at slip, let rip: "What are you doing out here? You're too rubbish to play for England!" Ormond replied: "Maybe so, but at least I'm the best player in my family".


3. Respecting the Umpire’s Decision.  It’s part of the preamble to the Laws of the Game in a section called the Spirit of the Game.  Why is respecting the umpire’s decision so important?



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