Uncovered cricket pitches: the degree syllabus

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2015 by kmflett

Uncovered pitches: the degree Syllabus

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In its issue of 21st January 2015 the Times Higher reported that the University of the Highlands and Islands is to offer a degree in professional golf.

I responded that it was surely time to offer a degree in cricket too (28th January 2015).

Subjects covered could well include the Laws of Cricket, the history of the game (a very substantial subject in itself) Gentleman v Players and class in cricket, Race and Imperialism in cricket. There is also scope for modules on cricket management and coaching and like many degrees no doubt students would select those areas of most relevance to their interests and future careers.

One area that must certainly should be covered however is that of Uncovered Pitches.  To mark the start of the English cricket season and indeed the start at nearly the same time of a West Indies v England Test series, below are some initial thoughts on what an Uncovered Pitches module of a Cricket Degree might cover.

1] Geoffrey Boycott the former Yorkshire and England batsman, now cricket commentator, frequently talks about uncovered pitches. Why do you think he does this?

2] Boycott wrote in the Daily Telegraph (19th July 2011) ‘in the early days pitches were so poor they had stones in them. Many players batted on uncovered pitches open to the elements until that was changed in 1979’. Why do you think it took so long for change to come about given that no one would think to play on an uncovered pitch in 2015.

3] The final match of the 1968 Ashes series played in August at the Oval is one of the most famous games where an uncovered pitch had an important influence. Find out why and who was involved.

4] Imagine what it might have been like to play on an uncovered pitch affected by weather conditions. What changes to your batting or bowling technique might you make?  How might this impact your psychological perspective on the game?

5] What was Geoffrey Boycott’s career record on uncovered pitches up to 1979?

Module 1A will focus on Uncovered Pitches, practical sessions and the physics of bowling and batting on such pitches (with thanks to Peter Coles)

One Response to “Uncovered cricket pitches: the degree syllabus”

  1. Reblogged this on In the Dark and commented:
    Interesting proposal for a new module on uncovered pitches in cricket. My own view is that the syllabus on this fascinating subject should also discuss the physics behind the variable bounce and turn such pitches produced.

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