is a cricket video game
for the Nintendo Entertainment System
that was only released in Australia
in 1992. Developed by Melbourne-based Beam Software
, it was the only cricket game released for the NES. There were no attempts to release a cricket video game to the North American, Japanese, or European markets. The reason is that baseball
games dominated the North American and Japanese markets while soccer
dominated the European market during that era.
The game featured all the major Test cricket
playing nations but no official team and player licensing in place. This meant that player names within the game, particularly for the Australian team, were parodies
on the actual names of cricket players at the time. Following is a list player names from the game and their respective actual names from Test-playing teams.
It is unknown why Merv Hughes' name was parodied twice, however this could probably be attributed to his cult status of the time.
Variations of player names for other countries do not appear to be as obvious, however there is a player in the West Indies
team called "R. Marley", a reference to Jamaican