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Chopra, S and Coady, DA (2007) Not cricket. Sport in Society, 10 (5). pp. 729-743. ISSN 1743-0437

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Abstract

This essay examines the ethics of a variety of on-field practices which are often thought to
be unethical, including failure to walk when one knows one is out, appealing when one
knows the batsman is not out, and ‘Mankading’. Consequentialist, deontological, and
virtue ethics perspectives are brought to bear on these practices. The essay also examines
the dynamics of the relation between moral considerations and the emergence of new laws
regulating cricket. An important illustration of this is the bodyline controversy of 1932,
when a moral outcry led to significant changes in the Laws of Cricket. It is concluded that
cricket’s distinction between what is permitted by the Laws and what is morally
permissible is a desirable feature of the game, although the precise way in which this
distinction is drawn can and should be open to the possibility of change in response to
evolving societal values.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sport in Society
Publisher: Routledge
Page Range: pp. 729-743
ISSN: 1743-0437
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/17430430701442447
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:36
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:35
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