November 14, 2008

Welcome, goslings

Andy Zaltzman

Welcome to The Confectionery Stall, my new blog about the world of cricket as it progresses through the barmiest phase in its illustrious history. No-one knows how the sport will look in ten years. It may have mistaken itself for a golden goose, and cooked and eaten itself. It may have turned out actually to be a golden goose, and be living in a golden coop with its golden goslings whilst eating golden goose biscuits. Or it may be largely the same as it is now.

These are curious times for cricket. Following fifteen years which have witnessed some of the most exciting, adventurous Test cricket of all time played by a collection of irreplaceable greats of the game, Test matches around the world are regularly played in front of paltry crowds. Meanwhile, one-day cricket has sunk ever deeper into a mire of formulaic repetition, its showcase tournaments have been festivals of predictability and cack-headed maladministration, yet the spectators return and the tournaments proliferate.

And for pessimistic Test match lovers, Twenty20 looms over the game like the bacon industry over a lovable baby pig.

Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, a regular on the BBC Radio 4, and a writer

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Posted by Ankur Aggarwal on (February 11, 2009, 8:15 GMT)

I'm a huge fan of your pic....It reminds me of Sunny Deol!!!!

Posted by Ankur Aggarwal on (February 11, 2009, 8:14 GMT)

I'm a huge fan of your pic....It reminds me of Sunny Deol!!!!

Posted by Neha on (November 26, 2008, 8:30 GMT)

Amazing blogs!! Loved every bit of it! Even your profile! You've got me hooked to your blogs!

Posted by Shariq on (November 15, 2008, 0:16 GMT)

Hey Andy! Great to see you've started a cricket blog. I fondly remember the Bugle episode in which you cited 3 memorable facts about the Pakistan cricket team.

Hopefully this blog will reflect the breadth of your cricketing knowledge and not just the England team.

Also, could you check with John if Barack the 'Messiah' could possibly get his followers hooked on cricket. Forget healthcare or ending the war in Iraq, that would truly make him a great president! Obama-Stanford 2010 :)

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Andy Zaltzman
Andy Zaltzman was born in obscurity in 1974. He has been a sporadically-acclaimed stand-up comedian since 1999, and has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 4. Zaltzman's love of cricket outshone his aptitude for the game by a humiliating margin. He once scored 6 in 75 minutes in an Under-15 match, and failed to hit a six between the ages of 9 and 23. He would have been ideally suited to Tests, had not a congenital defect left him unable to play the game to anything above genuine village standard. He writes the Confectionery Stall blog on ESPNcricinfo.

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