M.C.C.’s second visit to India went ahead only because the
Australians’ visit in 1952 was deferred by one year. When M.C.C. cancelled
the 1949-50 Indian tour because of player overload there was no tour planned
for 1951-52 and any future tours to India were subject to the
seventeen county clubs giving their full support. Even so, many of England’s
leading players declined invitations to make the tour, which left some
ill-feeling among Indians who never saw players like Hutton or Bedser.
reserve team was strong enough and won the fourth Test handsomely but India caused
a surprise by squaring the series with an emphatic innings’ victory in the
final Test. There had been an earlier shock during the month-long visit to Pakistan, too.
Here the tourists lost the second of two representative matches, a result which
led to Pakistan’s
elevation to full membership of the I.C.C. (then called the Imperial Cricket
M.C.C. were weakened by Poole’s finger injury which kept him out
of the team for two months, and by Rhodes’s illness which forced him to
return home after he had looked like England’s most effective bowler. The
skipper Nigel Howard suffered from a cold which turned into pleurisy, and put
him, too, out of the tour after the fourth Test. There were any number of
other minor injuries.
On 26 July M.C.C. added Donald Carr and Don Kenyon’s
names to the group of fourteen previously announced
Withdrawn:. Jack Ikin (Lancashire)
because of a back injury. Cyril Poole replaced him.
Time between selection and departure from England
(19 July - 18 September)
Departure from England was on 18 September 1952.
The team sailed from Tilbury in the ‘Chusan’ for Bombay, berthing at Mole Station Quay at
8:30 am on 2 October, one hour ahead of time. The team disembarked as noon
approached and motored to the Cricket Club of India.
After the first Test match they flew from New Delhi to Lahore on 8
November for the Pakistan
section of the tour, returning to India on 4 December.
For the Ceylon
section, M.C.C. travelled from Madras to Colombo on 4 February
Time spent in India,
Pakistan and Ceylon
October -6 March)
Nigel Howard (captain),Donald Carr (vice-captain) and Allan Watkins (decided on board the ship on 21 September).
At the start of the tour Cyril Poole broke a finger during net
practice. Lowson also injured a finger.
was brought in when ‘Dusty’ Rhodes
had to return home with a hernia before the first Test in early November.
When Nigel Howard went down with
pleurisy, Donald Carr took over the captaincy. The manager played two innings
and batted well (“…stood his ground and played a sterling innings”). Watkins
was captain in the final tour match in Galle.