Be a Guerilla
Are you as opinionated as Geoffrey Boycott, funnier than Phil Tufnell, smoother than Jonathan Agnew or, God forbid, as verbose as Daniel Norcross? If so, you could probably get yourself a job on Test Match Special. Sadly, openings there are hard to come by and you usually have to wait until someone has died to get your opportunity. In the meantime, then, why not brush up your skills on Guerilla Cricket, the unofficial finishing school for the Beeb, Talksport and the like?
We are looking to add to our roster of ball-by-ball commentators, summarisers, and twitter and jingle operators for the minimum of 64 days of live cricket coverage we are producing this summer. If you are steeped in the game, are original in your thinking and believe you can bring something extra to our alternative coverage, don't hesitate to get in touch (knowledge of politics, the arts and sciences and an understanding of the importance of cheese and crisps in the Western diet helpful but not obligatory).
Guerilla Cricket is an equal opportunities employer (we say employer, but we don't actual pay at the moment as all the money we raise through crowdfunding, our archive and our merchandise store is ploughed back into improving the programme) so do not be put off if you consider yourself the next Alison Mitchell, Ebony Rainford Brent, Isa Guha or Ravi Shastri. Although, if you are you Ravi Shastri, do not reapply.
If you have a great knowledge of the game but are not confident of your ball-by-ball skills, still get in touch as there are plenty of opportunities for you to make an impression and it may be that you can learn on the job. Those who think they have ball-by-ball skills are invited to send an MP3 recording of any work they have done or simply make a short sample from some commentary off the TV and send it to Nigel Walker and Nigel Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Daytime availability is a strong advantage and although you can drink on air, you will not be forced to.
Former Guerillas who have moved into the mainstream include Norcross, Izzy Duncan, The Cricket Geek (Peter Miller); cricket luminaries to have appeared as honorary Guerillas include Andrew Miller, Alan Butcher, Iain O'Brien, Andy Zaltzmann, Geoff Lemon, Jarrod Kimber, Peter Oborne and more.