TV Tuesday: Wisden Trophy 1963

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Sixty years, ago, today, the British TV Series Wisden Trophy debuted.

The trophy is named after the famous cricketing publisher Wisden and was presented by John Wisden & Co. after gaining the approval of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The [trophy] was presented to the victorious team as a symbol of its victory but, then, returned to the MCC Museum at Lord’s.

The [trophy was] awarded to the winner of the Test cricket series, played between England and the West Indies. It was first awarded in 1963 to commemorate the hundredth edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Series were played in accordance with the future tours programme, with varying lengths of time between tours. If a series was drawn, then, the country holding the [trophy] retained it. In 2020, it was announced that the trophy would be replaced by the Richards–Botham Trophy, named after Sir Vivian Richards and Sir Ian Botham.

Wikipedia Summary

The list of “cast members” consisted of various cricketers hosting the show. Brian Lara had the most appearances (34), with Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai and Micky Stewart hosting the first episode.

I have to confess that I know squat about cricketing. ~Vic

List of Wisden Trophy Records

6 thoughts on “TV Tuesday: Wisden Trophy 1963

    graham mcquade said:
    June 7, 2023 at 2:09 AM

    I saw the Windies that year in my home town and have most of their autographs – as well as Tony Griegs’s – the one on the left who played for Sussex – though I think he was originally South African.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 7, 2023 at 10:31 AM

      Wow. Is Liverpool your hometown or did you move there?

      So, you saw them play in 1963?

        graham mcquade said:
        June 7, 2023 at 3:38 PM

        No I saw them in Hastings, Sussex. Every year a touring team came and played a mixture of county players for pre-test practice. I saw the Australians, India and Pakistan. I was cricketing mad in those days.

    Badfinger (Max) said:
    June 12, 2023 at 11:41 PM

    What are the odds? We are not known as Cricket fans…I just wrote about Sir Donald Bradman…maybe the best Cricket player ever last Sunday. A guy wrote a song about him.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 14, 2023 at 1:17 AM

      I missed that…

        Badfinger (Max) said:
        June 14, 2023 at 1:25 AM

        You probably wouldn’t know the guy…the artist…Paul Kelly…

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