West Indies Cricket: Our Story
Explore WI cricket and its rise from colonial import to national pastime
On this four-week course, you’ll learn how cricket captured the imagination of the West Indian people and why it remains integral to Caribbean culture today.
Investigate how the colonisation of the West Indies led to a nation’s passion for cricket
You’ll discover how cricket was introduced to the islands through the colonisation of the West Indies. You’ll analyse what cricket looked like prior to 1928 and be able to explain how the sport has evolved into the modern game fans recognise today.
Discover WI cricket legends and learn how they helped shape a national identity
You will encounter some of the greatest cricketers of all time, like George Headley, and follow his journey to become the first international WI cricket star.
Using firsthand accounts, you’ll evaluate how the superstar status of cricketers from this era contributed to regional integration and nationalism. You’ll discover how WI cricketers made their mark on the world stage and helped place the team in a global context. With this knowledge, you will be able to track trends in WI cricket performance in relation to key historical moments.
Examine the rise in popularity of women’s cricket and cricket’s legacy in Caribbean culture
Almost 50 years after their male counterparts played their first test match, the West Indies Women’s Cricket team took centre stage.
The Windies have since made a name for themselves internationally. You’ll examine how the team emerged and explore their impressive track record over the years.
Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll understand how cricket became the most popular sport in the West Indies. You’ll be able to articulate the relationship between cricket and the culture, politics, and economy of the islands and appreciate the rich legacy of Caribbean cricket.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explain trends in WI cricket by referencing key occurences
- Describe the events that led to George Headley becoming the first regional and international WI Cricket superstar
- Analyze the factors that led to women’s participation and contribution to WI cricket
- Articulate the relationship between West Indies cricket and culture
- Explain the factors that led to East Indian presence and contribution to WI test cricket
- Describe the factors that led to West Indies cricket team gaining test status in 1928
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone with an interest in cricket and its worldwide history.
Whether you’re a sports journalist, a cricket player, or a cricket enthusiast, this course is ideal if you want to appreciate cricket in a wider cultural context.
What software or tools do you need?
No specific tools or software is required.
Who developed the course?
The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is the Caribbean’s premier, higher education institution. One of only two regional universities in the world, it comprises five campuses across the English-speaking Caribbean and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. The UWI stands among the top 1.5% of universities globally, following Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022.
LocationThe West Indies
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