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World Series Cricket

World Series Cricket was a professional cricket competition of the late 1970s set up by Kerry Packer in opposition to the "official" international competition. The dramatic changes it brought to the game, for good and ill, continue to reverberate today.

The series had its genesis through a combination of two main factors--the fact that players were not paid sufficient amounts to make a living from cricket, and that Packer wished to secure the exclusive broadcasting rights to Australian cricket. After the ACB refused, Packer set up his own series, clandistinely signing greements with both Australian and foriegn players, most notably including England captain Tony Grieg[?].

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