History of the Lawyers Cricket World Cup
The first Australian Lawyers' cricket team was established in 2007, to compete in the inaugural International Lawyers' Cricket World Cup, which was held in Hyderabad, India, in 2007.
Santhan Krishnan had been taking teams of Indian Advocates on tours for many years. In conversation in England he put forward the idea of holding a Lawyers Cricket World Cup. With the enthusiastic backing of an English Barrister, Santhan managed to get together 6 teams from England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Australia and, of course, India. Accordingly the first world Cup was held in Hyderabad in December 2007/January 2008, each team playing each other and the top scorers playing a final game.
India won, not perhaps too surprising bearing in mind the popularity of the game amongst the vast numbers of lawyers in India. The event was supported by leading Judges from each country and Santhan managed to get, so it seemed, almost everybody of note to support the event by contributing dinners, lodging, pitches etc., at minimal cost to the players.
The event was also heavily sponsored by Lexis Nexis, Standard Chartered Bank and Gulf Oil to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.
The tournament was considered, by those who took part, to be so successful that it was decided to make it a biennial event and a set of Rules was drawn up.
Cambridge, England 2009
The 2nd International Lawyers' Cricket World Cup was held at Cambridge University, England, in July 2009. The team numbers doubled between the first and second tournaments and 12 teams competed in a 2 pool format of 35 overs per innings.
All participants stayed at Churchill College, Cambridge, and the games were held at nearby picturesque College grounds, being some of the best pitches in England.
After 2 weeks of competition, Australia beat India in the final at The Oval on 4 August 2009, by 1 run with 2 balls to spare - very exciting stuff!
Australia received the Butterfield Cup, which trophy was struck in honour of Sam & Michaela Butterfield, who were married just before the first tournament. Tragically, they were both killed in a motor vehicle accident in India, shortly after the tournament, while on their honeymoon.
Sir Neil Butterfield, a puisne judge of the High Court of Justice of England, presented the winning trophy to Australia at The Oval on 4 August 2009. This trophy is now competed for perpetually at future tournaments.
The 3rd International Lawyers' Cricket World Cup was held in Barbados in August 2011.
India won back the cup beating Sri Lanka in a flood-lit final at the University of the W. I. ground. India scored 150-7. Sri Lanka seemed to keep to the score rate but failed in the last 12 or so overs to be all out in 28 overs for about 130. The final and all matches were 30/30 games. The final was played at 6.30 p.m. on Saturday 20 August.
Delhi, India 2013
The 4th International Lawyers' Cricket World Cup will be held in Delhi, India in October 2013.