“Cricket World Cup: The Indian Challenge” – a book on the history of the tournament from an Indian perspective by veteran broadcaster and writer Ashis Ray – has been formally unveiled by the chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Tom Harrison. The event took place on May 29 at the annual summit of the UK-based India Business Group at the Institute of Directors in London. Speaking at the function, Harrison said: “I am much looking forward to reading the book.”
Asked to elaborate on his effort, Ray requested the audience to read it, but remarked “it will be a tale of two World Cups” as climatic conditions could be different between the first and the second half of the competition. Published by Bloomsbury, the book takes the readers through India’s beautiful journey witnessed ever since West Indies won the 60-over World Cup held in England in 1975. The book reviews all tournaments from 1975 to 2015 and also previews the ongoing 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
All matches of India, since the inaugural World Cup 44 years ago, are recorded as well as every semi-final and final regardless of whether India featured in them or not. The book is also available online.