Published May 2008 Author Michael Rundell
Of all the rules governing sport, the laws of cricket are among the oldest. The first written rules of 1744 survive uniquely on the border of a piece of linen at the MCC Museum of Cricket. They were drawn up by certain 'Noblemen and Gentlemen' at a time when gambling on cricket matches was rife.
The 'laws' were codified to ensure a fair outcome when so much was riding on the game. The story of the evolution of these laws and how they affected the game is a fascinating and seldom told chapter in the history of cricket.Following on from the success of "The Rules of Association Football 1863" and "The Original Rules of Rugby", this book reproduces the complete text of the original laws and is illustrated with images from the unique manuscript held at the MCC as well as images of the game from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It also includes what is thought to be the first known image of cricket dating from a fourteenth-century manuscript now in the Bodleian Library.
Steve was the first umpire to control 100 ODIs and he dsicusses many incident including the Muralitharan -Throwing- affair
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Cricket's most senior umpire tells his story from Devonian Childhood to 20 years as an umpire,
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