Stories of BBC international cricket coverage.

Posted: 26 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"While the broadcast lines were being fitted in the morning, Alam helped me find a suitable roof where I could set up the small satellite dish I was using to make contact with 5 live to bring early news on the game. The roof I found was also being used as a security base - and it was more than a little intimidating trying to describe Craig Kieswetter's fantastic batting surrounded by 15 soldiers all armed with large rifles. Disturbingly, one of the soldiers seemed to be taking extra interest in what I was saying and was getting more and more anxious as my report went on. As I finished he came over and I feared what might happen next. He then put his hand in his pocket to pull something out - but it turned out he had a small portable radio with him which, he showed me, he had tuned to the BBC World Service. The reason he was looking anxious was that I think he was expecting the report I was doing to be going out live on his radio. I'm not sure he understood my explanation of the different kind of BBC outlets, but he seemed happy enough and bid me farewell with the words 'I see you for the next bulletin.'" Adam Mountford, BBC Sport, 25 February 2010.
     "The memory is surprisingly sharp given just how long ago it was: April 18, 1994, near on 16 years ago. Chris Lewis, meeting the English definition of all-rounder by being not quite good enough to either bat or bowl in Test cricket, dropped another gentle delivery just short of his own toes, Brian Lara imperiously helped it through the leg-side for four, and Antigua erupted, setting off celebration around the cricketing world as fellow West Indian Gary Sobers’ 365 not out was passed. Lara had the highest score in Test cricket, a feat I heard him achieve through the crackle of the BBC World Service, conveying news of the Prince of Trinidad’s extraordinary feat to a distant village in rural Zimbabwe, and a battered radio held together with wire and insulation tape. The memory endures, I suppose, because of the romance of the moment — thousands of miles away, through the prism of shortwave radio, cricket’s most beautiful artist had broken one of the most celebrated milestones in a game flooded with records and statistics." Dan Nicholl, (Cape Town), 25 February 2010.