World Cricket Podcast April 9, 2010

The best apples, Pakistan’s latest bans, and an interview with Sir Scruton Wole

All hail the county season
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Why legspinners will rule this county season. The cricketer with a collection of fruit preserves in his garden. The great IPL Loyalty Auction. A little chat with the world’s oldest living first-class cricketer, aka the man behind Bodyline. And, of course, more lies about cricketers. In this the last World Cricket Podcast before it goes on a break. Sob.

Read the transcript here

Download the podcast here (mp3, 8.2MB, right-click to save).

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

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  • Dush on May 11, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Andy! where are ya mate! been waaaaaaaaaaay too long.

  • punkedge on May 6, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    where art thou andy ? been too long !

  • niels on April 12, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Come on, this is the best thing on Cricinfo.

  • lolling on April 10, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Yea Andy, don't dwell on things that "The Coder" says. IPL has both pros AND cons. What's scary is that persons like him (or her) have successfully convinced themselves that cons don't exist (when the IPL is involved of course). So convinced in fact that they have counted "100 or so articles" on Cricinfo that ONLY bash the IPL?? 100 or so?? Maybe when I'm retired from all forms of work, I will take up the task of trying to count the 100 or so articles which apparently serve no other purpose than to bash the IPL. lol

  • Pankaj on April 10, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    Scruton Wole bit--hilarious! "live rhinocerous for wedding cake..." and "bowling bouncers at myself..." self-reflexive ridiculousness--more please. Whose voice is it? Who wrote that piece? Tell, tell--dying of curiosity.

  • JMike on April 10, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    I'm Freddy Flintoff, and I hope that this break in the Confectionary stall podcast is only temporary.

    Howzat? That's how!!

    --JMike

  • Atul Bhogle on April 9, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Andy, is that your kid who does the kid voice, or is it you? :)

  • Atul Bhogle on April 9, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Jamshed..... has a jam shed!!! LOL!!!!

    You shouldnt have responded to some coder griping against your gripes Andy, you are too good for that.

    To fellow Indians, have a sense of humour please.

  • Karadi on April 9, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    "A general uneasy feeling about the future of something that I truly love"

    :) Love it.

  • Rahul on April 9, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Nice article as always. Please write more frequently like daily would be nice. And don't mind but you need a haircut dude. You look like einstein without moustache.

  • Dush on May 11, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Andy! where are ya mate! been waaaaaaaaaaay too long.

  • punkedge on May 6, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    where art thou andy ? been too long !

  • niels on April 12, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Come on, this is the best thing on Cricinfo.

  • lolling on April 10, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Yea Andy, don't dwell on things that "The Coder" says. IPL has both pros AND cons. What's scary is that persons like him (or her) have successfully convinced themselves that cons don't exist (when the IPL is involved of course). So convinced in fact that they have counted "100 or so articles" on Cricinfo that ONLY bash the IPL?? 100 or so?? Maybe when I'm retired from all forms of work, I will take up the task of trying to count the 100 or so articles which apparently serve no other purpose than to bash the IPL. lol

  • Pankaj on April 10, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    Scruton Wole bit--hilarious! "live rhinocerous for wedding cake..." and "bowling bouncers at myself..." self-reflexive ridiculousness--more please. Whose voice is it? Who wrote that piece? Tell, tell--dying of curiosity.

  • JMike on April 10, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    I'm Freddy Flintoff, and I hope that this break in the Confectionary stall podcast is only temporary.

    Howzat? That's how!!

    --JMike

  • Atul Bhogle on April 9, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Andy, is that your kid who does the kid voice, or is it you? :)

  • Atul Bhogle on April 9, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Jamshed..... has a jam shed!!! LOL!!!!

    You shouldnt have responded to some coder griping against your gripes Andy, you are too good for that.

    To fellow Indians, have a sense of humour please.

  • Karadi on April 9, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    "A general uneasy feeling about the future of something that I truly love"

    :) Love it.

  • Rahul on April 9, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Nice article as always. Please write more frequently like daily would be nice. And don't mind but you need a haircut dude. You look like einstein without moustache.

  • KVJ on April 9, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Andy - In your bio you mention John Stewart. 'Tis actually Jon Stewart.

    Epic Fail

    Your podcast is an Epic Win though !

  • Raja on April 9, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    ...(CONTINUED FROM ABOVE).... But his earlier statement “500 million want it. You don’t matter. Hard. But true” is an example of this. Coder, this attitude from the new fans is what we resent. That’s the reason for “the 100 or so articles published in Cricinfo”. Is there no place for the traditional cricket lovers anymore? But I feel sad that “no amount of IPL-bashing (for want of better word) is going to turn Indians away from IPL”. I have been watching cricket for 30 years and for the last 8 years I have been a Level 2 coach. I firmly believe in one thing. It’s test cricket that has survived for 130 years. Interest in ODI’s has already waned, due to overdose. T20 will go the same way. Test cricket will never die. For whatever it’s worth, I am an Indian, but living in Australia.

  • Raja on April 9, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    As always, great stuff, Andy. But I must admit that I was disappointed – why did you have to give an explanation to the comment by The Coder? There was no need. I am not trying to make you two fight, but I feel that the Coder and those 500m people mentioned by him don’t understand (y)our sentiments. The worst thing T20 (especially IPL) has done is that the new breed of casual fans has taken ownership of the game in such a way that I have read many comments like “This is the new order. You have to like what we like now, or else you are not eligible to watch or comment on cricket anymore” or something like “Australia and England treated us badly when they were in control, now it’s our turn”. I respect the comment from the Coder above. .... (CONTINUED BELOW)

  • dan on April 9, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    i like turtles

  • Raghu on April 9, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Really nice article. Every article of yours i read i feel its your best ever until you come up with your next one off course.

  • David from Brisbane on April 9, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Thank you for alerting us to the potential perils of wikipedia. I've updated the Denis Compton page with a "citation needed" next to the alleged history you cited.

  • The Coder on April 9, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Nice to see my comment there to be honest :). I wasn't taking a shot at you Andy. Merely the 100 or so articles recently published in Cricinfo. Most of the articles also bashes some aspects of the game that seem to appeal to the casual fans of the game. And what this is going to do is drive fans away from this format in England(as most of the articles seem to be from British newspapers). Which is terrible way of going about things when you are planning to float your own T20 League. No amount of IPL-bashing(for want of better word) is going to turn Indians away from IPL.

  • Dush on April 9, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Booo! don't be gone too long. WCP is the highlight of my fortnight.

  • Jam on April 9, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Funny stuff. Thanks Andy.

  • Ska on April 9, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    I love your Podcast. Take NO BREAK Please.

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  • Ska on April 9, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    I love your Podcast. Take NO BREAK Please.

  • Jam on April 9, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Funny stuff. Thanks Andy.

  • Dush on April 9, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Booo! don't be gone too long. WCP is the highlight of my fortnight.

  • The Coder on April 9, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Nice to see my comment there to be honest :). I wasn't taking a shot at you Andy. Merely the 100 or so articles recently published in Cricinfo. Most of the articles also bashes some aspects of the game that seem to appeal to the casual fans of the game. And what this is going to do is drive fans away from this format in England(as most of the articles seem to be from British newspapers). Which is terrible way of going about things when you are planning to float your own T20 League. No amount of IPL-bashing(for want of better word) is going to turn Indians away from IPL.

  • David from Brisbane on April 9, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Thank you for alerting us to the potential perils of wikipedia. I've updated the Denis Compton page with a "citation needed" next to the alleged history you cited.

  • Raghu on April 9, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Really nice article. Every article of yours i read i feel its your best ever until you come up with your next one off course.

  • dan on April 9, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    i like turtles

  • Raja on April 9, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    As always, great stuff, Andy. But I must admit that I was disappointed – why did you have to give an explanation to the comment by The Coder? There was no need. I am not trying to make you two fight, but I feel that the Coder and those 500m people mentioned by him don’t understand (y)our sentiments. The worst thing T20 (especially IPL) has done is that the new breed of casual fans has taken ownership of the game in such a way that I have read many comments like “This is the new order. You have to like what we like now, or else you are not eligible to watch or comment on cricket anymore” or something like “Australia and England treated us badly when they were in control, now it’s our turn”. I respect the comment from the Coder above. .... (CONTINUED BELOW)

  • Raja on April 9, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    ...(CONTINUED FROM ABOVE).... But his earlier statement “500 million want it. You don’t matter. Hard. But true” is an example of this. Coder, this attitude from the new fans is what we resent. That’s the reason for “the 100 or so articles published in Cricinfo”. Is there no place for the traditional cricket lovers anymore? But I feel sad that “no amount of IPL-bashing (for want of better word) is going to turn Indians away from IPL”. I have been watching cricket for 30 years and for the last 8 years I have been a Level 2 coach. I firmly believe in one thing. It’s test cricket that has survived for 130 years. Interest in ODI’s has already waned, due to overdose. T20 will go the same way. Test cricket will never die. For whatever it’s worth, I am an Indian, but living in Australia.

  • KVJ on April 9, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Andy - In your bio you mention John Stewart. 'Tis actually Jon Stewart.

    Epic Fail

    Your podcast is an Epic Win though !