Last Updated: 09/04/20 2:30pm
What does a cricket author do when there is not any cricket?
Mike Atherton invited three fellow scribes of the highest order to hitch him for a Sky Sports Cricket vodcast particular to debate the journalistic challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Happily, Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth, Will Macpherson – who writes for the Evening Standard on cricket and rugby – and unbiased author Gideon Haigh accepted and contributed to an interesting dialogue which you’ll be able to hearken to right here.
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The world ramifications of Covid-19 have compelled folks to consider methods to do issues in a different way and Macpherson mentioned cricket writers aren’t any totally different.
“First of all, the ECB have been quite helpful – these kind of conversations via Zoom have become fairly normal for journalists with players over the last couple of weeks, which is a strange thing and we couldn’t have imagined a while ago,” he mentioned.
“I’m secretary of a cricket writers’ membership; we have about 400 members and we have been speaking with them much more carefully as a result of there is all kinds of issues occurring with furloughs and difficulties for freelancers, who make up an enormous portion of our membership.
“It is fairly a bleak time; there are fairly lots of people out of labor or involved.
“On Sunday there is an enormous raft of people that would have began masking the Championship and there is no Championship to cowl and due to this fact there is no fee.
“So it is very troublesome. Everyone who reads a newspaper may have seen that any newspaper with a separate sports activities part, whether or not that is on a weekend or a weekday, not has that.
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“There are fewer pages devoted to sport, which all makes whole sense; newspapers are attempting to save lots of prices and on the identical time there is no sport on, which makes up the day-to-day cycle.
“My intuition is that this disaster is not going to be excellent news for sports activities media usually however we have to make the very best of the state of affairs.”
On the podcast our panel additionally discusses:
- The newest version of Wisden, simply launched, and the way a lot thinner subsequent yr’s version is likely to be
- The democratisation of cricket writing with the arrival of blogs, social media and podcasts
- The impression of coronavirus on counties and gamers, with Gideon offering the Australian perspective
- Book and podcast suggestions for cricket followers seeking to get pleasure from new choices
Listen to the most recent Sky Cricket Podcast within the participant above, or by downloading right here – you may also hear at this hyperlink