Hard for journalists today to probe serious issues in cricket – Pradeep Magazine interview

Hard for journalists today to probe serious issues in cricket – Pradeep Magazine interviewHard for journalists today to probe serious issues in cricket – Pradeep Magazine interview

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We talk to the veteran journalist and author – Pradeep Magazine. We discuss the major themes of his books – Not Quite Cricket and Not Just Cricket – and talk about the lessons from the match-fixing epidemic in the late 1990s and how the player-journalist relationship has altered over time.


‘There are things more important than taking wickets and scoring runs’ – Henry Olonga interview

‘There are things more important than taking wickets and scoring runs’ – Henry Olonga interview‘There are things more important than taking wickets and scoring runs’ – Henry Olonga interview

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We talk to the former Zimbabwe fast bowler – and the first black cricketer to represent his country – Henry Olonga. We focus on the book that Olonga published in 2010 – Blood, Sweat and Treason – and revisit the highs and lows of his career. We also look back


The quirks and challenges of covering Bangladesh cricket: interview with journalist Mohammad Isam

The quirks and challenges of covering Bangladesh cricket: interview with journalist Mohammad IsamThe quirks and challenges of covering Bangladesh cricket: interview with journalist Mohammad Isam

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We talk to ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent Mohammad Isam on his decade-long career covering cricket and his recent anthology On the Tigers Trail. Isam touches on the culture of cricket media in Bangladesh and offers a number of personal nuggets  – bowling to Kevin Pietersen in the nets, talking to Javed


‘I was helping players write the book they wouldn’t otherwise write’ – Gideon Haigh on The Summer Game

‘I was helping players write the book they wouldn’t otherwise write’ – Gideon Haigh on The Summer Game‘I was helping players write the book they wouldn’t otherwise write’ – Gideon Haigh on The Summer Game

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We talk to journalist and historian Gideon Haigh about The Summer Game – his classic book recently republished by 81allout Publishing. Gideon talks about the largely forgotten 1950s and ’60s, and fascinating stories he heard from many who nourished the game – at a time when the financial rewards were


Match drawn, series won, final beckons: India v Australia, fourth Test review

Match drawn, series won, final beckons: India v Australia, 4th Test reviewMatch drawn, series won, final beckons: India v Australia, 4th Test review

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In episode 155 of the 81allout podcast we review the fourth and final Test between India and Australia in Ahmedabad. The two teams played out a high-scoring draw, which ensured India won their fourth consecutive series against Australia and set up a Test between the same two teams in the


The playground as a theatre for social and political life: Ramachandra Guha interview

The playground as a theatre for social and political life: Ramachandra Guha interviewThe playground as a theatre for social and political life: Ramachandra Guha interview

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In episode 153 of the 81allout podcast we interview the award-winning author and historian – and one of modern India’s most renowned biographers – Ramachandra Guha. Talking Points: The idea behind the Corner of a Foreign Field In search of the memories of India’s first great cricketer – Palwankar Baloo


Swept away in a session: India v Australia, 2nd Test review

Swept away in a session: India v Australia, 2nd Test reviewSwept away in a session: India v Australia, 2nd Test review

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In episode 152 of the 81allout podcast we review the second Test between India and Australia in Delhi. The match see-sawed for two days until Australia collapsed on the third morning – and India sealed a six-wicket win. Talking Points: Australia’s tactic to sweep against spinners on a pitch keeping


If Jadeja doesn’t get you, Ashwin must: India v Australia, 1st Test review

If Jadeja doesn’t get you, Ashwin must: India v Australia, 1st Test reviewIf Jadeja doesn’t get you, Ashwin must: India v Australia, 1st Test review

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In episode 151 of the 81allout podcast we review the first Test between India and Australia in Nagpur. India outclassed Australia in all departments and their superior depth in both batting and bowling propelled them to an innings victory. Talking Points: Rohit Sharma’s exceptional ability to suss up the conditions