It’s the biggest summer of cricket here in decades. England and Wales are hosting the World Cup and England have been tipped by some as favourites to win. Then comes the Ashes here with the return of the Australian players banned after the ball tampering scandal. Two of our best known cricket writers will talk us through the forthcoming action and the big cricketing issues of the day. Mihir Bose, former BBC Sports Editor, has written extensively on sport and politics and has a new history of Indian cricket out this summer.
Emma John, has written on cricket for the Observer and the Guardian. Her first book, Following On: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession and Terrible Cricket, was named the 2017 Wisden Book of the Year. Her new book is Wayfaring Stranger: A Musical Journey in the American South. In the umpire’s position will be local cricket obsessive Hugh Pym.