John Blundell's cricket blueprint revisited

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More than 35 years ago, in the infancy of the globalisation and professionalisation of sport, John Blundell published a blueprint for cricket in England and Wales in this journal. His proposals, aimed at giving market forces a greater role, related to player eligibility regulations, the admission of new teams, changing cricket formats and the creation of special games and tours. Most of these proposals were subsequently adopted by the sport's administrators. The consequent benefits derived by the sport, its teams, fans and players have, however, been mixed, and the effects are confounded by the number of changes made and the complex and dynamic nature of the competitive environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-160
Number of pages17
JournalEconomic Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2022


  • competition
  • cricket
  • player earnings
  • player eligibility
  • professional sport
  • sport leagues

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