Cricket authors (and obsessives) Peter Oborne and Richard Heller have launched a new podcast to help deprived listeners endure a world without cricket. They chat regularly about cricket topics – hoping to keep a good line and length but with occasional wides into other subjects.
A distinguished guest illuminates the eighth episode: Tim Wigmore is cricket correspondent of the Daily Telegraph and author (with Freddie Wilde) of Cricket 2.0, a comprehensive history and analysis of T20 cricket which was chosen as Wisden’s best book of 2019.
T20 cricket was treated as a joke on its introduction nearly twenty years ago. But Tim Wigmore shows how it became the biggest change in the modern history of any global sport. It has created new conditions for players, new audiences, and a new balance of financial power between clubs and countries. It still alarms traditional cricket lovers – but Tim Wigmore argues powerfully that most of its impact on cricket has been positive.
Peter Oborne has been the chief political commentator for the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, a maker of several documentaries and written and broadcast for many different media. He is the author of a biography of Basil D’Oliveira and of Wounded Tiger, a history of Pakistan cricket, both of which won major awards.
Richard Heller was a long-serving humorous columnist on The Mail on Sunday and more briefly, on The Times. He worked in the movie business in the United States and the UK, including a brief engagement on a motion picture called Cycle Sluts Versus The Zombie Ghouls. He is the author of two cricket-themed novels A Tale of Ten Wickets and The Network. He appeared in two Mastermind finals: in the first his special subject was the life of Sir Gary Sobers.
Jointly, he and Peter produced White On Green, celebrating the drama of Pakistan cricket, including the true story of the team which lost a first-class match by an innings and 851 runs.
Peter and Richard have played cricket with and against each other for a variety of social sides, including Parliament’s team, the Lords and Commons, and in over twenty countries including India, Pakistan, the United States, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France, Greece, Australia, Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Morocco.
The Podcast was produced by Bridget Osborne and James Willcocks at The Chiswick Calendar.