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    Who is the Godfather of cricket in the Countries of the major Test playing nations?
    Based on any or all of the following; performance, reputation, legend, legacy and a willingness to share the Blue Smarties with team mates...........or any other criteria that disqualifies Ian Chappell.

    England - WG Grace
    Australia - Don Bradman
    West Indies - Garry Sobers
    New Zealand - Walter Hadlee
    South Africa - Graeme Pollock
    Pakistan - Hanif Mohammad
    India - Sunil Gavaskar
    Sri Lanka - Aravinda de Silva

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    Think you've hit the nail on somewhere not unadjacent to the head with most of them, but for the Sri Lankans I think you have to go with Ranatunga as their "Daddy". Much as I don't like the bloke he was absolutely the right captain at the right time. His support of his, er, controversial trump card was always unflinching too.
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    South Africa is surely "old man" Dave Nourse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    Who is the Godfather of cricket in the Countries of the major Test playing nations?
    Based on any or all of the following; performance, reputation, legend, legacy and a willingness to share the Blue Smarties with team mates...........or any other criteria that disqualifies Ian Chappell.

    England - WG Grace
    Australia - Don Bradman
    West Indies - Garry Sobers
    New Zealand - Walter Hadlee
    South Africa - Graeme Pollock
    Pakistan - Hanif Mohammad
    India - Sunil Gavaskar
    Sri Lanka - Aravinda de Silva
    I think you have Aust, Eng, NZ and Pakistan right, but the rest you could make an argument for different players
    You know it makes sense.


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    West Indies has to be Frank Worrell.

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    Oh yeah - West Indies has to be George Headley or Frank Worrell IMO. EDIT: well done Pratyush.

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    How it could be anyone besides Imran for Pakistan is strange to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortpitched713 View Post
    How it could be anyone besides Imran for Pakistan is strange to me.
    Because for almost 4 decades Hanif Mohammad was Pakistan Cricket. It took two people(Imran & Javed) and a world cup win in 1992 to get out of that identity. I am not saying that Imran can not be considered as the godfather but to many Hanif Mohammad is the natural choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    I think you have Aust, Eng, NZ and Pakistan right, but the rest you could make an argument for different players
    Yes, for India I would consider Lala Amarnath, Sir Frank Worrell for WI. SriLanka probably Arjuna Ranatunga or Duleep Mendis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanz View Post
    Because for almost 4 decades Hanif Mohammad was Pakistan Cricket. It took two people(Imran & Javed) and a world cup win in 1992 to get out of that identity. I am not saying that Imran can not be considered as the godfather but to many Hanif Mohammad is the natural choice.
    'Mkay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortpitched713 View Post
    'Mkay.

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    Yes, you are right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post

    Pakistan - Hanif Mohammad
    Its Imran Khan actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanz View Post
    Yes, for India I would consider Lala Amarnath, Sir Frank Worrell for WI. SriLanka probably Arjuna Ranatunga or Duleep Mendis
    Ya sure I also go with Ranatunga for Srilanka
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