The quest for identity and belonging: through the theatre of cricket

The quest for identity and belonging: through the theatre of cricketThe quest for identity and belonging: through the theatre of cricket

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We speak to British playwright Maatin about his play Duck, which looks at the cricketing events of 2005 through the prism of a 15-year-old boy in a public school in London. Duck is running in Arcola Theatre from June 27 – July 15. You can buy tickets to the play


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


‘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


What we rant about when we rant about umpiring

What we rant about when we rant about umpiringWhat we rant about when we rant about umpiring

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In the latest episode of the podcast we chat about the challenge of being a modern umpire – and how excess scrutiny and knee-jerk reactions from pundits have combined to create a toxic environment. Talking Points: The challenge for modern umpires – with ball-by-ball social media scrutiny How TV replays


‘The first program I ever wrote was Cricinfo’ – Simon King

‘The first program I ever wrote was Cricinfo’ – Simon King‘The first program I ever wrote was Cricinfo’ – Simon King

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In the latest episode of the podcast we speak to two pioneers from the early days of the internet: Simon King, the founder of Cricinfo, and Vishal Misra, an early volunteer who was instrumental in the building of the database and streamlining live scoring. Buy Cricket Beyond the Bazaar (recently