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In 1977, frustrated by continual rebuffs from the cosy relationship between Australia’s board and TV companies, Kerry Packer bought over 50 of the leading players and set up a rival organisation. The breakaway lasted until 1979, when the establishment caved in and granted Packer the TV rights he so wanted, and the rebel players were welcomed back into their national sides
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Jan 14, 2013

Greig, Packer, and World Series tea

Profiles: Back in 1977, this correspondent was at the inception of World Series Cricket. (Sort of)

Steven Lynch

Jun 28, 2012

Kerry played guitar

Mark Nicholas: Tony Greig has no cause to feel anything but proud about his involvement with World Series Cricket - as seminal a turning point as any the game has seen

Mark Nicholas

Aug 27, 2010

A true measure of quality: World Series Cricket

Cricinfo: A statistical look at World Series Cricket

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

Apr 19, 2008

The circus comes to town

Rewind to: The first day of Kerry Packer's brave new world

Martin Williamson

Dec 4, 2007

A dummy's guide to World Series Cricket

Article: A dummy's guide to Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket

Martin Williamson

Dec 2, 2007

A price for everything

Features: A look back at the Packer revolution, three decades on

Gideon Haigh

Nov 21, 2007

World Series Cricket

Article: Martin Williamson with a brief overview of World Series Cricket

Martin Williamson

Mar 24, 2006

Can the bosses be trusted?

Martin Williamson: The ICC have decided to ratify their Future Tours Progamme but are the players being treated as an afterthought, asks Martin Williamson

Martin Williamson

Dec 28, 2005

Dynamic and innovative, Packer will be remembered

Features: Kerry Packer was an exception to the old adage that the first generation acquires, the second consolidates, the third squanders&

Gideon Haigh

Dec 26, 2005

Kerry Packer dies aged 68

News: Kerry Packer died on Boxing Day at the age of 68

ESPNcricinfo staff

Oct 29, 2005

When Packer stalked Pakistan

Rewind to: Ask anyone about controversial England tours to Pakistan, and 1987-88 or 1968-69 are the most likely to spring to mind. But sandwiched in between those two was a series which was, in its own way, almost as miserable as the others

Martin Williamson

Oct 5, 2005

'That was the most competitive cricket that I played'

Barry Richards talks exclusively to Cricinfo about the Packer Tests and the ongoing Super Series battle between Australia and the World XI

Nagraj Gollapudi

May 11, 2005

Former ACB chairman Bob Parish dies

News: Bob Parish, a former chairman of the Australia Cricket Board, has died aged 89

ESPNcricinfo staff


The Packer affair

Essays: The documentation of the Packer case, which began in the 1978 Wisden, is continued here, from the point it reached in last year's edition with the decision in an Australian court by Mr Justice Kearney that J

May 30, 1979

'The devil take the hindmost'

Article: They said what? Quotes from the two-year existence of World Series Cricket

Martin Williamson


The Packer case


Gordon Ross

Aug 1, 1977

And the devil take Kerry Packer

Article: EW Swanton attacks Kerry Packer shortly after the launch of World Series Cricket

EW Swanton
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