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This insightful collection brings the struggle to save cricket's soul into sharp and disturbing focus.

In the last three years, cricket has changed more completely than in the preceding three decades, revolutionised by a racy new format, Twenty20, and a glamorous new competition, the Indian Premier League. How did India come to run world cricket? How did clubs owned by billionaires and Bollywood stars begin to shove international competition aside? How did money unite players and divide administrators, amid allegations of massive corruption?

Gideon Haigh has followed cricket's biggest story since Kerry Packer's 'World Series' from the beginning: Sphere of Influence is the result. This insightful collection brings the struggle to save cricket's soul into sharp and disturbing focus.

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A superb blow-by-blow guide to the creation of the IPL and the machinations, horse-trading and internecine battles behind it, and is as teeming and convoluted as one could possibly imagine. Haigh's description does well to straighten out threads of order .

Adelaide Review

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  • Paperback

    9780522857870

    November 1, 2010

    Victory Books

    RRP $34.99

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