As the world's second most popular sport, cricket is much richer and more diverse than many realise. Globally, passionate players give up holidays, time with loved ones and hard-earned money to achieve the extraordinary and play for their country. Afghanistan, whose captain grew up on a refugee camp, will play in the 2015 World Cup not just in spite of the Taliban but partly because of them. In Ireland, cricket has reawakened after a century of dormancy - but can they achieve their aim of Test cricket and end the player drain to England? These tales resonate far beyond cricket, touching on war, sectarianism and even women's rights. This book explains why an Emirati faced Allan Donald armed only with a sunhat; whether cricket will succeed in China and America; what happened when Kenya reached the World Cup semi-finals, and how cricket in the Netherlands almost collapsed after two bad days.
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"One of the more important and timely cricket books to be published in a long while." --Gideon Haigh, The Australian
"A timely and excellent history of cricket's new frontiers." --Mike Atherton, The Times
"Wonderful." --The Telegraph
"One of the refrains of the last few weeks has been Associate disappointment with the ICC's direction of travel, accompanied by regular defiance on the field of play, andSecond XI is a similar rallying cry." --Alan Gardner, assistant editor, ESPN CricInfoM
"The story of this World Cup so far is the Associate nations. I hope that remains the case, even when we lose our minds during the final series in which only Ireland of the Associates is a serious chance to compete. The momentum of the Associates discussion started with a beautiful little book: Second XI by Tim Wigmore and Peter Miller, two true believers in the ability of the Associate nations to thrive against the traditional powerhouses and firm advocates of cricket broadening its horizons." Russell Jackson, The Cordon Blog, ESPN
"It takes perspective to understand the significance of the non-Test playing countries...This is where Second XI excels. It tells the story as it is; there's no lip service or patronising the have-nots. The writers, blessed with perspicacity, are able to provide a social context to this history of cricket too. The ICC is a major problem, but not the whole of it. This understanding permeates the account." --The Hindu
"The refugee turned World Cup cricket captain: the authors of a new book on far-flung corners of the cricketing world tell the tale of Mohammad Nabi, Afghanistan's skipper. So distrusting were the squad of the local cuisine that they regularly ate at McDonald's" --Sport magazine feature
"A fantastic, thoroughly researched and well-written book that is a must-have for any cricket lover. The best book on associate & affiliate cricket." --cricketeurope4.net
"The stories of cricket in Afghanistan and in other former outposts of the British Empire and beyond are the subject of Second XI, a new collection of essays edited and mostly written by the cricket journalists Tim Wigmore and Peter Miller." --New York Times
"A collection of essays that will leave the reader much better informed as to the state of the game in its far flung reaches... There are inspirational stories on many levels." --TheSportsBookshelf.com
"A first-rate book on cricket's 'minnows'... A slap in the face to all those who strive to keep cricket the sole preserve of an elite club. Tim Wigmore and Peter Miller have argued with passion, conviction and statistics that the game belongs to all whether they play Test cricket or not" --Deccan Chronicle, India
Tim Wigmore writes on cricket for the Daily Telegraph. Peter Miller is a freelance cricket writer, blogger and podcaster. Gideon Haigh has written or edited more than 20 books on cricket. Sahil Dutta is a former assistant editor for ESPNCricinfo, and writes regularly for The Cricketer. Tim Brooks is a cricket writer and commentator.