‘He bowled balls that could not have been bowled by anyone else in history’ – Gideon Haigh on Wasim Akram‘He bowled balls that could not have been bowled by anyone else in history’ – Gideon Haigh on Wasim Akram

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In the latest episode we talk to author and journalist Gideon Haigh about his recent collaboration with Wasim Akram on his memoir Sultan. We talk about the process of writing the book and the challenges that Gideon had to overcome to ensure he told the story in Wasim’s voice. Talking


Reviving War Minus the Shooting – a chat with Osman SamiuddinReviving War Minus the Shooting – a chat with Osman Samiuddin

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In the latest episode of the podcast we talk about how and why we set up 81allout Publishing – and the first book we recently released: Mike Marqusee’s War Minus the Shooting. ESPNcricinfo’s senior editor Osman Samiuddin tells us what the book has meant to him and why he considers it


An unquiet history: an interview with writer Osman SamiuddinAn unquiet history: an interview with writer Osman Samiuddin

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Our special guest this week is Osman Samiuddin, a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo and author of The Unquiet Ones: A History of Pakistan Cricket.  One of the finest contemporary cricket writers, Osman has had a ring-side view of the triumphs and disappointments of Pakistan cricket over the last two decades. His


Pakistan in 1999: the allure, the magic, and the heartbreak

Pakistan in 1999: the allure, the magic, and the heartbreakPakistan in 1999: the allure, the magic, and the heartbreak

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It was a year when everything came together… until it fell spectacularly apart. There was something magical about Pakistan in 1999… till they time they crumbled. For a generation of Pakistan fans, the year 1999 meant much. Shoaib Akhtar emerged as a force of nature. Shahid Afridi provided a glimpse


The World Cup that changed (almost) everything

The World Cup that changed (almost) everythingThe World Cup that changed (almost) everything

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In the latest 81allout podcast we rewind to one of the mostly fondly remembered World Cups – from 1992. Why is this such a beloved tournament? Has there been a better collection of cricket jerseys at one event? We talk about Mark Greatbatch’s sixes, Martin Crowe’s innovative tactics, Srikkanth’s duck