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Brave New Pitch-The Evolution of Modern Cricket Paperback – October 31, 2012
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I was looking forward to this book a great deal because I already have (from Astill and others) a smattering of knowledge about the peculiar culture, governance, and modern issues surrounding cricket, and was eager to learn more. It only slowly dawned on me that this book wasn't going to bother to explain any of these things. It assumes that you know all about them, and need only to be told what to think about them.
For example, the book refers to the scandal surrounding the third season of the Indian Premier League. Now, I vaguely remember something about this, but I'd be hard pressed to tell you exactly what constituted the scandal. Mr. Chopra is glad to tell me what he considers the significance of the scandal to be, but can't be bothered to remind me in what it consisted. Perhaps this information could be inferred from a close reading of the whole book, but about a third of the way through I gave up the effort--it was just too hard.
There's an art, in serious non-fiction, to weaving enough background information into your text to make it intelligible to a general audience without boring your more sophisticated readers. Mr. Chopra does not possess this art.
From the glowing praise for the book that I find here and there, I gather that many cricket mavens find Mr. Chopra's assessment refreshingly sensible and well balanced.