Cricket Guide 2009
the face of the worlds
favourite summer pastime, Twenty20
cricket is becoming the biggest
sporting phenomenon on the planet.
If you want to gain a better under-
standing of this revolution in cricket,
the Twenty20 Cricket Guide 2009 by
Chris Hawkes is a must-have...
MANY THOUSANDS OF BOOKS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN on cricket, covering all forms
of the game. But there aren't that many on what is now regarded as the
world's fastest growing spectator sport: Twenty20 Cricket.
Not just a jargon busting guide to this brand new world that is 20-over-a-side
cricket, the Guide tells the story of how India's success in that competition
inspired dramatic changes in world cricket as well as the origins of the game.
Lavishly produced in a softback cover by Carlton Books, The Twenty20 Cricket
Guide 2009 by Chris Hawkes covers, very adequately, that gap in the market.
As befits the character of Twenty20 Cricket, the guide does not stint on razzmatazz.
It is glitzy, in-your-face and packed with action and photographs (including,
perhaps inevitably, scantily-clad cheerleaders on the front cover, with more
inside!). Wisden collectors bear with me the Guide also has a
serious side, packed as it is with facts and statistics.
Chris Hawkes, former first class cricketer and editor of the very popular Cricketers'
Who's Who, is a very creditable author. As well as previewing the 2009 ICC
World Twenty20 (Men's and Women's), the Indian Premier League and the Domestic
Twenty20 Cup, the Guide covers the origins of Twenty20 Cricket (the first match
took place auspiciously on Friday 13 July, 2003) and provides a comprehensive
review of the 2007/2008 season, including a global round up of Twenty20 Cricket.
The 2007/8 season provided three landmarks in cricket's history: The inaugural
ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa; The Indian Premier League with its Bollywood-style
glamour; and a unique type of inter-city cricket that captured the imagination
of everyone involved in the game.
Everyone watching knew the sport could never be the same again. Player auctions
will become a season's highlight, 20-over tournaments will become a major part
of the game's gossip and big money matches will become the norm the 2008
Indian Premier League raised US$1.8 billion in revenue even before a ball had
The ill-fated Allen Stanford US$20 Million-Dollar game played in November 2008
is also covered and, in the light of subsequent developments, makes sad reading.
In his introduction to the Guide, Chris Hawkes provides a balanced and realistic
assessment of the role and worth of Twenty20 Cricket and how it
can form a part of the cricket world of the future. Whilst cricket purists may
continue to look sceptically at the 'slog game', reading the Guide should nevertheless
help everyone to gain a better understanding of this new and vibrant form of
the game. Consequently, it is a welcome addition to the bookshelves of every
Published by Carlton Books, packed with
features and fully illustrated, Twenty20 Cricket Guide 2009 is the indispensable
guide to the world's fastest-growing sport and is available now in paperback
from all good book stores at a RRP of £12.99.
"Twenty20 Cricket Guide 2009… is a welcome addition to the bookshelves
of every cricket fan" Peter Brownlow, MotorBar
GROWING UP IN LEICESTERSHIRE, Chris Hawkes once found himself on the same
rugby pitch as future World Cup winner and England Captain Martin Johnson. He
also prospered at cricket, representing England at Under 15, Under 17 and Under
19 level and spent a number of years as a professional with Leicestershire CCC.
After retiring from cricket, he moved into publishing, becoming the editor of
the very popular Cricketers' Who's Who. His books include: The Complete
Encyclopaedia of Golf (with Ted Barrett); Cricket World Cup 2007 Guide;
ITV Sport Rugby World Cup Guide 2007; and 1001 Sporting Records.