An age-old barrier has fallen and good riddance, cricket will have no Gentlemen and no Players any more but just cricketers. This happy development has been brought about by the decision now taken by the game’s governing body, the Marylebone Cricket Club, to do away with the amateur status. Compartmentalisation of practitioners of the willow into Gentlemen (to wit, amateurs) and Players (meaning, professionals) has been as old as the game itself and time was when the wall between the Mister Smiths and the plain Smiths was so solid they had to use separate dressing rooms and even had to enter the field through separate entrances and no professional could ever captain a team. The first crack in this tradition occurred, and appropriately, when Jack Hobbs, the greatest of them all, was called upon at a pinch to captain England against Australia in the Third Test of the 1926 series in the absence of Mr. A.W. Carr. And the break with the past was completed 26 years later when another professional, Len Hutton, was chosen to lead England on a regular basis.
Fuller’s earth in Mysore
The Atomic Energy Commission had noted the good properties of the Fuller’s earth found in Korvi in Chincholi taluk of Gulbarga district and stated that it could be used in certain stages of the generation of atomic energy, Mr. Mansood Ali Khan, Deputy Minister for Mines and Geology, told Pressmen here to-day. He said the excellent quality of deposits had been proved by tests conducted in the Regional Research Laboratory at Hyderabad.
Research schemes to control diseases affecting coconut cultivation, opening of more nurseries, providing marketing facilities and development projects to improve both coconut and arecanut cultivation were discussed at the annual general meeting of the Indian Central Coconut and the Indian Central Arecanut Committees to-day at the University Examination Hall. One of the important subjects that came up for discussion at the Coconut Committee was to hand over coconut cultivation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the Kerala State.