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The Unforgiven

Missionaries or Mercenaries? The Untold Story of the Rebel West Indian Cricketers Who Toured...

Ashley Gray

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Pitch Publishing Ltd
20 April 2020
Sports & outdoor recreation; Sporting events, tours & organisations; Cricket; SIGNED
In the early 80s, 20 black West Indian cricketers were paid more than $100,000 each to take part in rebel tours of apartheid South Africa. Some, such as Lawrence Rowe and Alvin Kallicharran, were household names in the Caribbean and around the world, while others were fringe players seeking a short cut out of poverty. All would be condemned by the international cricketing fraternity. Accused of pocketing 'blood money' in order to prop up a regime that systematically discriminated against people of their own colour, they were banned for life from playing the sport they loved. In many cases, they were shunned by their fellow countrymen. A few turned to drugs and gangs, some turned to God - and others found themselves begging on the streets and dealing with mental illness. Forgotten and neglected for close to four decades, The Unforgiven tells their often-tragic stories through face-to-face interviews that explore the human cost of an onerous decision made early in these young men's lives.

By:   Ashley Gray
Imprint:   Pitch Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 160mm, 
ISBN:   9781785315329
ISBN 10:   1785315323
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   20 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ashley Gray grew up fending off bouncers and sledges in Newcastle, New South Wales, before moving to Sydney where he works as a sports writer and subeditor. His stories have appeared in Wisden Quarterly, Fox Sports, The Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and All Out Cricket. He plays hard-fought backyard cricket with his young son and daughter, who are already showing a rare talent for destroying laundry windows.

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