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But when the UCB invests R34 million in 2001 on development, yet sees its annual government grant decline from R450,000 to R120,000,59 there is going to be a questioning of priorities. Any society riddled with mass economic inequality based on colour of skin does not deserve to call itself a meritocracy. Ali Bacher had promised that the World Cup would prove to be a colossal event, being ‘much bigger than the game itself’. 60 The ability of cricket to fulfil these ambitions, and the willingness of the government to support them both during and after the World Cup and so redress the imbalances of the past, will determine the sport’s future in the next decade.
49. 7 But during the 1950s important changes took place in leisure and holiday activity, with families looking for a UK holiday being attracted to the new caravan parks or Butlin’s-style holiday camps. There was also the start of a trend for overseas holidays; as a result, those people who might have gone to Scarborough or Blackpool with their family during the inter-war period were now venturing en famille to somewhat more exotic locations nearer the shores of the Mediterranean. While this change may have improved children’s grasp of the French language, it meant many young boys learnt new leisure patterns during the summer months, than watching and idolizing the likes of Hobbs, Hammond or Woolley as their fathers had done when they were young.
Rather than allowing young talent to rise quickly to the surface, many cricketers were simply exhausted by the daily grind of playing in matches staged back-to-back. Alan Lee ENGLAND AND ITS CRICKETSCAPE 21 of The Times spoke for many when he wrote, in the 1993 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, that ‘With each new-year, it seemed, the schedulers were adopting baffling new variations with the glee of a creator of crossword puzzles producing heinously cryptic clues. ’4 In the late 1980s, the Test and County Cricket Board (the ECB’s predecessor) had created a ‘Structure Working Party’ under the chairmanship of Mike Murray.