Founded by E.W. Swanton in 1935, the Arabs Cricket Club is one of the UK's most prestigious wandering cricket clubs
The Arabs came into being for no deeper purpose than to enjoy ourselves. If we succeeded in that, our opponents would naturally become our friends, irrespective of how hard we played the game. It mattered a great deal to win while one was on the field, afterwards not at all. That was our subconscious philosophy and has remained so.
Why, first of all, The Arabs? No mystery here, nor was there any conceivable political connotation when in the summer of 1935 I asked R.C. Robertson-Glasgow - sometimes called Raymond but more usually "Crusoe" - to give a name to the club which was due shortly to make its first tour. "Well - nomads, wanderers: how about Arabs?". Fine, we thought, nice and short.