CricketArchive
spacer spacer
topimage spacer
midimage spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer


spacer
spacer
spacerFeatures Logo spacer
spacer
spacer
Media Releases
Current Month
Previous Month
spacer
spacer
spacer
Ranking
Batting Ranking
Bowling Ranking
spacer
spacer
spacer
Pictures
Our Picture Galleries
spacer
spacer
spacer
Publications
Inquiries and Report
spacer
spacer
spacer
Search
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
Scorecards
spacer
Scorecard search
spacer
Players
spacer
Scorecard search
spacer

spacer spacer spacer
spacer
spacer
Tribute to Sir Winston Churchill
by Arshad Chughtai

DateLine: 5th January 2020

By Arshad Chughtai


Arshad Chughtai - Cricket Writer
Arshad Chughtai in front of statue of Sir Winston Churchill
In association with cricketarchive.com
pcboard.com.pk
© pcboard.com.pk

Tribute to Sir Winston Churchill: Rehearsal of Funeral Procession
Lahore – Cricket is a world in itself, it is just not a game alone. It involves nations, countries, people, places, individuals and exciting events. From 18th Century to date, cricket history is full of hundreds of amazing stories. In commonwealth countries from top-leadership to common man it has been the most attractive of sports.

Incidentally out of my sheer love for the game I had an opportunity to read a good number of books on cricket and on occasions I found some amazing stories regarding exceptional personages. These are just not remarkable but are also worth sharing with others.

One such story is related to Duke of Norfolk and his love for Sir Winston Churchill.

The events recorded by Michael Colin Cowdrey, Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge CBE in his autobiography, “MCC The Autobiography of a Cricketer” are historic and are of some indication how immensely the British people admire Sir Winston Churchill.

MC Cowdrey recalls in his book that Bernard Fitzalan-Howard, the 16th Duke of Norfolk was the manager of the touring MCC team to Australia in 1962-63. The tour matches commenced on 16th October 1962 and ended on 20th February 1963.

Ted Dexter was leading the 13th party of England Cricketers to go out to Australia under the banner of MCC. Other members of the team were Colin Cowdrey, Rev David Sheppard, Tom Graveney, Ken Barrington, Geoff Pullar, Peter Parfitt, Freddie Truman, Brian Statham, Len Coldwell, David Larter, Barry Knight, David Allen, Fred Titmus, Ray Illingworth, John Murray, Alan Smith and Alec Bedser was Assistant Manager.

Suddenly, amidst the tour the Duke left for home on the eve of the new year and Billy Griffith who was then Secretary of MCC was released form Lords for a few weeks to tide over this period. Incidentally, at that time the visiting team had a disappointing spell of cricket, the press implied criticism that perhaps the Duke had left home for some unscheduled leave with his family at Arundel.

The Sheffield Shield Champions, New South Wales, had defeated the visitors by an innings and 80 runs in their most important match prior to the first Test. Richie Benaud was unplayable, took 7 for 18 and the visitors were dismissed for paltry score of 104 in the second innings.

Later in the first Test at Brisbane the visitors had to fight out a draw on the final day, when at the end they were trailing by 99 runs and only 4 wickets were left.

Back home, what was the Duke doing?
Infact the Duke had returned to England to oversee a rehearsal of Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral procession. This rehearsal took place once every three months in the early morning hours when the London streets were empty. Now, that was in December 1962 while Churchill died in 1965 only emphasising the immense preparation that lay behind all the Duke’s masterpieces of British ceremony and pageantry. Indeed the river section of the Churchill’s funeral had been the Duke’s own idea and apparently Churchill himself had been delighted with it. Cowdrey further noted that Sir Winston’s failing health was something of constant worry to the Duke in faraway Australia.

Later, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill died on 24th January 1965, was given a State Funeral and was the only commoner to receive this honor in the 20th Century. The funeral was the largest state funeral in world history up to that time.

(Article: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author only.
Copyright © 2020 smyaserrafique@yahoo.com)
spacer

spacer spacer
spacer
Live Commentary & Scores
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

spacer
Pakistan International Cricket
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
Pakistan in West Indies 2016/17
spacer
Pakistan in Australia 2016/17
spacer
Pakistan in New Zealand 2016/17
spacer
Pakistan Women in New Zealand 2016/17
spacer
West Indies in UAE 2016/17
spacer
Pakistan in England and Ireland 2016
spacer
Pakistan Women in England 2016
spacer
ICC Women's World Twenty20 2015/16
spacer
ICC World Twenty/20 2015/16
spacer
Asia Cup 2015/16
spacer
ICC Under-19 World Cup 2015/16
spacer
Pakistan in New Zealand 2015/16
spacer
England Lions in United Arab Emirates 2015/16
spacer
England in United Arab Emirates 2015/16
spacer
Pakistan Under-19s in Sri Lanka 2015/16
spacer
Pakistan Women in West Indies and USA 2015/16
spacer
Bangladesh Women in Pakistan 2015/16
spacer
Pakistan in Zimbabwe 2015/16
spacer
ICC Women's Championship 2014 to 2016/17
spacer
Pakistan Defence Force in England 2015
spacer
Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2015
spacer
Pakistan A in Sri Lanka 2015
spacer
Pakistan in Bangladesh 2015
spacer
Zimbabwe in Pakistan 2015
spacer
Afghanistan Under-19s in Pakistan 2014/15
spacer
Australia in United Arab Emirates 2014/15
spacer
ICC World Cup 2014/15
spacer
Kenya in Pakistan 2014/15
spacer
New Zealand in United Arab Emirates 2014/15
spacer
Pakistan in New Zealand 2014/15
spacer
Pakistan Under-19s in Kenya 2014/15
spacer
Pakistan A in United Arab Emiraes 2014/15
spacer
South Africa Women in UAE 2014/15
spacer
Sri Lanka Women in United Arab Emirates 2014/15
spacer

2016/17 | 2016 | 2015/16 | 2015 | 2014/15 | 2014 | 2013/14 | 2013 | 2012/13 | 2012 | 2011/12 | All Seasons


spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer


spacer
spacer
spacer
Pakistan International Cricket
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
Cool and Cool Presents National T-20 Cup 2016/17
spacer
Inter-Region Under 19 One-Day Tournament 2016/17
spacer
Inter-Region Under 19 Tournament 2016/17
spacer
National One Day Cup Regions 2016/17
spacer
One Day Cup Departments 2016/17
spacer
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (Grade II) 2016/17
spacer
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2016/17
spacer
Haier Pakistan Cup One Day 2016
spacer
Inter-District Senior Tournament 2016
spacer
Inter-District Under 19 Tournament 2016
spacer
MFJN Women's Cricket Championship 2016
spacer
Pepsi PCB Cricket Stars U16s Tmnt 2016
spacer
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (Grade II) 2015/16
spacer
PCB Patron's Trophy (Grade II) 2015/16
spacer
HBL Pakistan Super League 2015/16
spacer
National One Day Cup 2015/16
spacer
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2015/16
spacer
PCB Game Development Under 19 Pentangular Tournament 2015/16
spacer
Cool and Cool Presents Haier Mobile T-20 Cup 2015/16
spacer
Inter-Region Under 19 One-Day Tournament 2015/16
spacer
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Inter Department Qualifying 2015/16
spacer
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Inter Region Qualifying 2015/16
spacer

2016/17 | 2016 | 2015/16 | 2015 | 2014/15 | 2014 | 2013/14 | 2013 | 2012/13 | 2012 | 2011/12 | 2011 | All Seasons

spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
Other International Cricket
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

Copyright © 2004-2017 Micro Electronics Technology Inc., and CricketArchive