Zafar Ansari Exclusive: I’m happier now than when I played cricket

Zafar Ansari is talking about his new job. “On a day to day basis I think I’m a happier person, so in that sense, I don’t regret making the switch,” he says. It’s a startling, inconceivable assertion, and I don’t believe him. How could any job make you happier than earning money to do what…

The curious choice of an overseas player

At Vitality Blast Finals Day last weekend, there were numerous world superstars on show: Jos Buttler, Tymal Mills, Jerome Taylor and Moeen Ali to name but a few. Surprisingly, there was one side without an overseas player in their squad. Sussex had used the same two international players in their group-stage campaign – Tom Bruce…

Cole – Mining for Runs

Cole Campbell, a promising young opening batsman, attends Hampton School in South-West London, and plays for Hampshire’s 2nd XI.  Cole rushes into our interview in an out-of-breath frenzy, having come straight from cricket training, despite the looming darkness of winter which sifts through the windows of where we sit. Hard work, he tells me, is…

Roland-Jones stars as Middlesex claim title

As the curtain fell on the 2016 County Championship, old-Hamptonian Toby Roland-Jones was in the process of tearing through Yorkshire’s tail end to win Middlesex’s first title for 23 years. Roland-Jones had played a vital part in Middlesex’s possible victory, and had grown to become a key man in his sides’ campaign. Playing as an…