Lady Cricket: From Flirtation to Cohabitation
This chapter explores the changing nature of players’ emotional and motivational connection with the game under the metaphor of a romantic attachment. Amidst the transformation of their cricketing experiences, deciding on whether they still ‘loved’ cricket, and to what level of the game their affections applied, was part of a process of interaction that saw players challenge the idea of becoming professional cricketers according to how gratifying cricket had become. The psychological toing and froing between past, present and future meanings of cricket provides the narrative arc to the chapter.
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