• Short Summary

    Popular England and Sussex cricketer, the Reverend David Sheppard, was interviewed in London, Apr 7, about his decision to withdraw from the forthcoming cricket series against South Africa, whose touring team is due to visit Britain this summer.

  • Description

    I.
    Introductory Library shots showing Sheppard on occasion of friendly cricket match against a team provided by the Duke of Norfolk, in April 1956.


    1.
    LV. Arundel Castle.
    0.03

    2.
    GV. Castle wall.
    0.05

    3.
    MV. Players walking.
    0.09

    4.
    GTV. Crowd.
    0.10

    5.
    SCU. Len Hutton and David Sheppard walk to pitch.
    0.13

    II.
    London interview 7 April 1960.



    MV. Sheppard with interviewer (S.O.F.)
    1.53


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQUENCE II



    QUESTION: Mr. Sheppard, when did you make this decision?



    ANSWER: Well, I made the decision that I wouldn't play against South Africa myself about six months ago, I suppose. The real position was whether I was going to make this public and when to say so. In fact I wrote to the Archbishop of Cape Town - who I knew - in January to ask him if he thought this would do any good, and he encouraged me that it would be an encouragement to non-whites, in particular in South Africa. I feel that this is the crux of it: not so much that I am going to bring pressure on white South Africa to do something, but to encourage non-white South Africa and Africa, who are in great danger of thinking that Christianity is the white man's religion, and I want to say this isn't so.



    Q.: A lot of your critics, Mr Sheppard, will think this is bringing politics into cricket.



    A.: They do, and this is again right on the point. My argument is that politics have come into cricket, and I'm doing nothing new at all by saying something about it. One can hardly call cricket in South Africa non-political if South Africans don't, for example, play cricket against the West Indies or India or Pakistan, or if the 20,000 - possibly - non-whites who play cricket have no opportunity of playing for any club or province or international side.



    Q.: Have you any support within the MCC?



    A.: Well, I am in fact a member of MCC Committee at the moment, and I think it's important for me to say that what I am saying doesn't represent an official MCC position - it is my personal opinion.




    Initials KJ/PC/B/JF



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Popular England and Sussex cricketer, the Reverend David Sheppard, was interviewed in London, Apr 7, about his decision to withdraw from the forthcoming cricket series against South Africa, whose touring team is due to visit Britain this summer.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1753W85NUTJHA0POL09B522HG
    Media URN:
    VLVA1753W85NUTJHA0POL09B522HG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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