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Sir Hilary Beckles presents Cricket without a Cause

ANALYSIS: 'Cricket without a Cause' by Sir Hilary Beckles examines the dramatic fall from grace for the West Indies International Cricket team

THE RECORD of the West Indies international cricket is extraordinary. At one time they dominated all three formats of international cricket and seemed invincible.

Then it all fell apart and the collapse of such a great cricketing nation has been considered a mystery in the annals of modern sport and popular performance culture.

Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of University of West Indies who himself a cricketer has criticised the state of Test cricket in the region, saying it has collapsed.

Speaking to The Gleaner, Beckles said: “We must make sure that when we achieve excellence, we must not lose it. We are here on the cusp of a predicament. For 20 years, we were the best Test cricket team in the world. We were invincible. No one could have imagined 20 years ago that our Test culture would collapse from awesome to awful. No one could have imagined it, but it happened."

Now, Sir Hilary is examining the rise and fall of the West Indies International team at the launch of his book ‘Cricket without a Cause’, hosted by the British Foundation for The University of the West Indies (BFUWI) and the Ramphal Institute at King’s College. The Voice Newspaper and the Jamaica National Group are sponsors of the event and the fundraising reception which follows immediately after the launch.

Sir Hilary, the founder and director of the Centre for Cricket Research at the UWI, anlauses the source of this dramatic fall from grace in 'Cricket without a Cause' and argues that the process of rebuilding has begun. He will speak about his book and take questions from the audience, followed by a reception.

This event is FREE and Sir Hilary will be donating royalties from sales on the night to this cause and Eurospan – Ian Randle International Distributors will donate a percentage of sales on the night to the hurricane relief effort and guests are also invited to make a donation towards a fund supporting students at The UWI and young children in Caribbean islands affected by the devastation wrought by recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The 'Cricket without a Cause' book launch is to be held at the following time, date and location:

Thursday, 28 September 2017 from 18:30 to 21:00 (BST)
The Anatomy Theatre Rm K6:29
King's College
Strand Campus
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom

To attend the event, register for tickets here

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