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International Conference on Cricket in the Twenty-First Century: Changing Horizons

International Conference on

Cricket in the Twenty-First Century: Changing Horizons

Organized by Sport in Society and Taylor & Francis, in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire

23 May 2019, Rhodes House, Oxford

Conference Convenors: Boria Majumdar, Kausik Bandyopadhyay and Souvik Naha


The world of cricket has rapidly expanded and transformed its domain in the twenty-first century. The conference will debate the accelerated changes in the ideological and material aspects of cricket. It will bring together academics and practitioners from various backgrounds with the aim to explore new directions in issues of globalisation, nationalism, culture, commercialisation, governance and policy, equality, ethics and integrity, race, gender, and technology through a broad spectrum of critical enquiry.


The conference is being sponsored by Sport in Society (Taylor & Francis), in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire, on the eve of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be held in England. The papers presented at the conference will be published as a special issue of Sport in Society, and as a book in the Routledge Sport in the Global Society-Contemporary Perspectives series.


Programme Schedule

9.00-9.30 - Registration & Coffee

9.30-10.15 - Keynote Address

Sir Hilary Beckles - The class of Jason Holder: the hegemonic rise of the student cricketer in the West Indies

10.15-12.15 - Panel 1 - Ethics and spirit

Chair: Sir Hilary Beckles

Stephen Wagg - Towards a safer past: thoughts on the invocation of English cricket’s soul

Jon Gemmell - Bringing the game into disrepute: The Spirit of Cricket in the 21st century

John Hughson and Marina Blagojevic Hughson - Ball-tampering Down Under: understanding the public response to Australia’s cricket cheating

Boria Majumdar – The Pandya-Rahul controversy: person and profession in cricket

12.15-13.15 - Lunch

13.15-15.15 - Panel 2 - States and nations

Chair: John Hughson

Kausik Bandyopadhyay - Cricket and terrorism in South Asia

Dominic Malcolm - Cricket and the Anglosphere

Rob Steen - Does cricket need nationalism?

Avipshu Halder - States, market and the globalisation of Indian cricket

15.15-15.30 - Tea

15.30-17.00 - Panel 3 - Business and broadcasting

Chair: Boria Majumdar

Harsh Jain - A brand new world: fantasy cricket and Dream11

Sanjog Gupta - A new era of cricket broadcasting

Raghav Gupta - Marketing cricket tours for the travelling fan

17.00-17.05 - Concluding Remarks

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