|Rest of the World XI in England 1970|
the World XI tour of England 1970
Captain: Garfield Sobers
Seeing how the
Anti-Apartheid Movement had disrupted the 1969-70 Springboks rugby union tour,
there was mounting pressure on the Cricket Council at Lord’s to call off the
1970 South African cricket tour of England.
A “Stop the Seventy Tour”
group was planning direct action at the cricket grounds, such as pitch
invasions, and it looked hopeless to try to play any cricket at all.
Then James Callaghan, Home
Secretary, made “a formal request from HM Government to withdraw the
invitation to the South African touring team", and on 22 May the Cricket
Council reluctantly agreed to do so, saying “the Council were of the opinion
that they had no alternative but to accede to this request.”
Because the South African
tour would have produced about £100,000 for distribution to the English
counties and to other poverty-stricken cricket bodies, and another £90,000
would have been lost from television rights, it was deemed essential to
substitute another series.
Guinness put forward £20,000
to sponsor five matches between England
and a Rest of the World XI, which the Test & County Cricket Board granted
Test-match status and awarded full England caps. Later the Tests were ruled to be
South Africa to England 1970 cancelled
South Africa to Australia 1971-72 cancelled
Rest of the World XI in Australia 1971-72
of the Rest of the World tour party (14)
Opening batsmen Eddie Barlow, Barry Richards.
Middle-order batsmen Graeme Pollock, Gary Sobers, Rohan Kanhai,
Clive Lloyd, Mushtaq Mohammad.
Wicket-keepers Farokh Engineer, Deryck Murray.
Spin bowlers Lance Gibbs, Intikhab Alam.
bowlers Peter Pollock, Mike
Procter, Graham McKenzie.
RHB opener RM
RHB opener WK
D L Murray
Average age of team at time of first Test match
(18 June 1970):
yrs 1 month
Appearances made before the tour
J Barlow 30, F M Engineer 30, L R Gibbs 50, Intikhab Alam 26, R B Kanhai 61 C H Lloyd 18, G D McKenzie 57, D L Murray 10, Mushtaq Mohammad 22, P M Pollock 28, R G Pollock 23, M J Procter 7, B A Richards 4, GS Sobers 76.
Freddie Brown (chairman), Garry Sobers (captain), Les Ames.
Unavailable: It was announced that no-one declined an invitation to join the
team. However, some of the Australians
might have been unlikely to gain further time off from their jobs after taking
part in the lengthy cricket tour of India
and South Africa
On 26 May Peter Pollock had said that, while at first
he was unwilling to take part in the series, he would be now prepared to play
Rest of the World party announced : beginning of
Peter Pollock who was reporting the games as a
journalist was unexpectedly called upon to take McKenzie’s place in the third
Mike Denness acted as substitute fielder in the 4th
Test and took a catch
In the Scarborough match the following players: H M Ackerman, Sadiq Mohammad, C P Wilkins,
Khalid Ibadulla, Sarfraz Nawaz, U C Joshi, Saeed Hattea - appeared, as well
as Mushtaq, Kanhai, Murray and Gibbs.
WON inns 80 r
LOST 8 w
WON 5 w
WON 2 w
International Cavaliers (1-day)
Won 4 w
T N Pearce’s XI (3-day)
match which is listed on www.cricketarchive (but without any details) took
place on the Sunday of the fourth ‘Test’ match at Headingley, two hundred
miles away in London, and seems likely to have been played by a completely
different group of players
appearances on tour
Barlow, Engineer, Intikhab Alam, Kanhai,
Lloyd, G Pollock, Procter,
4 - Gibbs,
Engineer, Mushtaq Mohammad
1 - P
• Barlow, Lloyd and
Sobers scored two centuries each while Kanhai and Pollock scored one each.
• Eddie Barlow took
eleven wickets at Headingley including a hat-trick.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
F Fixtures W Won
Drawn Canc Cancelled
Government compensation for
cancellation of the tour did not cover the loss to first-class counties
English county clubs who said that cancelling the tour cost them between
£120,000 and £150,000
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