Forewords by Harsha Bhogle and Michael Vaughan
No sport is changing as rapidly as cricket. A spirit of revolution is transforming the game, with a multitude of new formats being created in the last fifteen years. Welcome to a world of specialist six-hitting training, auction strategy and dazzling, extraordinary skill, a world with contempt for sport’s received wisdom that will unsentimentally disregard old tropes unless they deliver victory. And it is a world that is astonishingly popular, and deserves to be more fully understood.
Cricket 2.0 tells the story of the characters who have driven the recalibration of the sport at a dizzying, relentless pace: the iconic captain Brendon McCullum, the paradigm shifting batsmen Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, the pioneering rebel Kevin Pietersen, the Afghan spinner Rashid Khan and the US businessman Venky Mysore, the cricket revolutionary you have never heard of. These are the stars of cricket’s present and the men who have shaped its future.
Told through compelling human interest stories, Cricket 2.0 examines how a cocktail of globalisation, technology, big data and money are changing cricket faster than ever before, analysing how how a traditional game was revolutionised forever. Throughout its history, cricket has been an insular, conservative game that has lagged behind other sports. Now, it is at the cutting edge of change in the sports industry. For the first time ever, other sports are now learning from cricket. This is the story of how and why.
Tim Wigmore is a journalist for The Daily Telegraph, ESPNCricinfo, The New York Times and The Economist, specialising in cricket, sports analytics and the business of sport. He is also a weekly columnist for the i paper. Tim is a former winner of the CMJ Young Cricket Journalist of the Year, and runner-up for the Ian Woodbridge Young Sports Writer of the Year award. His first book, Second XI: Cricket in its Outposts, was named one of The Guardian’s sports books of the year for 2015.
Freddie Wilde works as an analyst and is on the editorial team at the cricket data analytics company CricViz who provide services to broadcasters, professional teams and players. Freddie is also a freelance journalist, specialising in T20 cricket. He has written for ESPNcricinfo, The Cricket Monthly, All Out Cricket, CricBuzz, Wisden India and others.