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Easier Said Than Done

A Life in Sport

Alan Wilkins

Foreword by Sunil Gavaskar

Preface by Vijay Amritraj

Introduction by Lynn Davies


‘Alan was an excellent county cricketer ... He may be Cardiff born and Cardiff bred but, in a broadcasting sense, Alan is ‘a citizen of the world’.’
Tony Lewis

‘Easier Said Than Done reads the same way as our chats, so enjoy the book in the same way as I am fortunate to enjoy his friendship - with a warm smile!’
Vijay Amritraj

‘Alan Wilkins has to be the nicest man in broadcasting. There is nobody who is so gentle, so kind, so generous with his time and someone who laughs at himself as much as Wilko does.’
Sunil Gavaskar

‘Alan epitomises what sport is all about.’
Clive Lloyd

 

From Mumbai and Lahore to the Highveld of the Transvaal and in his native Wales, Alan Wilkins is internationally known and admired as an accomplished sports broadcaster. Growing up as a talented young cricketer in 1970s Cardiff, Alan dreamt of a life in sport and yearned to travel the world but, as he reveals in Easier Said Than Done, he could never have imagined he would realise his dream via a microphone and camera rather than with a bat and a ball.     

With great humility and humour, Alan Wilkins tells the fascinating story of how he swapped the life of a sports teacher for a career as a professional cricketer with Glamorgan and Gloucestershire – taking over 370 wickets and playing in the 1977 Gillette Cup final – and how it was brought to a devastating end in 1983 by a debilitating shoulder injury.

Determined that his Life in Sport would not end after his enforced retirement from cricket, Alan vividly describes how, with determination and enthusiasm, he embarked on a new and successful career in sports broadcasting which has seen him commentate on many of the world's greatest sporting occasions – from Wimbledon to The Masters and from the Rugby World Cup to the Indian Premier League and Pakistan Super League – and how he has forged lifelong friendships with many legends of the sporting world.

Millions of sports fans know Alan Wilkins the broadcaster but now, with Easier Said Than Done, they can get to know the man behind the microphone, and the absorbing story of his Life in Sport.

 


CONTENTS

Preface by Vijay Amritraj
Foreword by Sunil Gavaskar
Introduction by Lynn Davies

1.   Early Days
2.   Loughborough, Eventually
3.   Glamorgan New Boy
4.   Home Truths
5.   High Hopes on the Highveld
6.   The Parting of Ways
7.   Back to the Sun
8.   Christmas in Calcutta
9.   Reality Check
10. The Jacaranda City
11. The Beginning of the End
13. No Shoulder No Cry
14. Familiar Places, Friendly Faces
15. Back To The Future
16. Indian Hat-Trick
17. Wales Welcomes The Rugby World
18. Singapore Fling
19. Vijay
20. Never a Good Walk Spoiled
21. Stumps

 

 

 

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