Economic Times By Anand Vasu If you have ever made even one run using a Gray-Nicolls bat, you should take a moment and thank Robert “Swan” Richards. If he is not the greatest bat-maker alive today, he is certainly bat-maker to the greatest. Greg Chappell, possibly the best batsman the wrong side of six feet to… Read more
He had heard firsthand from alienated cricketers in places they loathed, playing spasmodically a configuration of the game they did not enjoy, but whose riches they could not afford to turn their back on; only a Test cap would dissuade them.
“Many boys have enjoyed the support and assistance that the Crusader program has offered them,” Chappell wrote, “and while not all of them have gone on to follow a career in cricket, all have become better human beings and members of their community because of the lessons learned.”
I heard about the Crusaders through a couple of friends who I played against at Bendigo Country Week. From the training sessions to the travelling everything was well organised and once I joined the group everything went really well.