Critically examine the significance of the victory of West Indies in first Test series against England in 1950.
While other games like hockey and football became international games, played all over the world, cricket remained a colonial game, limited to the countries that had once been part of British empire.
The Britisher brought the cricket to their colonies, but they made little effort to spread the game in non-white territories like India and Westlndies.
Playing cricket became a sign of superior social and racial states. Afro-Carribean population of West Indies was discouraged to participate in the game.
But Cricket became hugely popular in the Carribean. The first non-white club in the West Indies was established towards the end of the 19th century. Political leaders believed that to participate in the game could earn self respect and international standing. When the West Indies won its first Test series against England in 1950, it was celebrated as a national achievement.
The significance of this event is
(i) It proved that the West Indians were the equals of white Englishmen.
(ii) The irony was that the winning West Indies team was captained by a white player.
(iii) The West Indies Cricket team represented not one nation, but several dominions that later became" independent countries.
(iv) The pan-West Indian team represents the entire Carribean region in internadonal cricket.