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The Joy of Six: sporting pitch fiascos

From a vandalised wicket to mind-bending patterns at Flamengo v Mineiro via Murrayfield’s shapeshifting turf, half-a-dozen playing surface shambles

Some 45 years after football but 12 years before rugby union, the cricketing visionaries hit upon the idea of a World Cup. Naturally, it – and its second and third iterations – needed to be held in England, so in the summer of 1975, the various nations arrived and West Indies won.

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