Meet Prosper Tsvanhu, a former lively left-arm seamer, and Godwin Mamhiyo, a former rite arm seamer. Both have first class experience, and both are passionate about cricket. Dean du Plessis Godwin and Prosper review the first test match which Pakistan won by an innings and 116 runs, and preview the second test
Quiet and unassuming, Shepheard Makunura has been in the system for a very long time. Although his demeanour is quiet and non-confrontational, Shepheard has won the Logan Cup, Zimbabwe’s premier domestic competition no less than 4 times as coach. His recent success, was coaching the Southern Rocks franchise to their first ever Logan Cup win. The Rocks had been out of the game since 2014 due to financial constraints, and returned to first class cricket this season, and won the Logan Cup.
A freelance cricket journalist. A natural story teller. A true Zimbabwean. For a number of years, Liam has enthralled cricket fans both in Zimbabwe and around the world with a combination of deeply moving and hard hitting articles. Liam talks about his family, his passion for Zimbabwe and her people, and the release of his short film entitled Petrichor
He may only have played 6 tests for Zimbabwe, but Brighton Watambwa made a solid impact with his lively pace, and hostile bouncers. Bulbs, as he is affectionately known, no resides in Zurich Switzerland. And 20 years after his test debut, Brighton has lost none of his fire in this chat with Dean du Plessis
Fiercely competitive on the field, but a true gentleman off the field. Zimbabwe’s former left-arm spinner Ray Price talks to Dean du Plessis about his uncle Nick Price, his international career, his stint with Worcestershire, and his season with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL
Not many people know that Zimbabwe have a match referee. Meet Andy Pycroft, who in his day was a fine player, an outstanding commentator, and now one of the very best match referee is on the circuit. He talks about his experiences as a match referee, including the SAND PAPER SAGA in Cape Town, and remembers his playing days with the likes of Dave Houghton, Eddo Brandes, and a young Graeme Hick
Two former opening batsmen. Pakistan’s Ramiz Raja and Zimbabwe’s Tino Mawoyo who are part of the commentary team join Dean du Plessis as they look back at the recently concluded ODI series, and look ahead to the upcoming T20 series.
Former Pakistan batsman, now commentator Bazid Khan and former Zimbabwe seamer, now commentator Ed Rainsford join Dean du Plessis in a brilliant review of the first ODI which Pakistan won by 25 runs. They also preview the 2nd ODI which will be played on Sunday the first of November. Can Zimbabwe find a way back to level the series?
Dean du Plessis, based in Harare, and radio Pakistan commentator Ahmer Najeeb preview the upcoming series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe which includes three one-day internationals, as well as 3T 20 internationals. Ahmer will be part of the radio commentary team in rawalpindi. Dean and Ahmer also reminisce about some of the finest former Pakistani players to play the game
A wonderful conversation between 3 cricket lovers. Natalie Germanos, an established radio and television commentator and Fatima Ahmed, also known as the Popping crease join Dean du Plessis to talk about their highs and lows as journalists, and the game in general
He was one of Zimbabwe’s most successful captains, yet one of the country’s most infuriating players in terms of consistency. Alistair Campbell captained Zimbabwe from 1996 to 1999, during which time, Zimbabwe played some of their best cricket ever. Yet, Campbell had a more than disappointing average of 27 in 60 test matches. He was at the helm when Zimbabwe had their famous 3-0 ODI win over England, as well as their 1999 World Cup success when they advanced to the Super sixes of the tournament in England. Campbell also had his share of controversy off the field after cricket. Another great one on one chat between the former skipper and Dean du Plessis.
His rich and powerful voice has boomed into the living rooms, and crept into the hearts of millions of cricket lovers around the world for the last 15 years. In this wonderful one on one with Dean du Plessis, former Zimbabwean seamer now commentator Pom Mbangwa explains how he got his nickname, describes in vivid detail how he got his first test wicket, and remembers how he and the rest of the Zimbabwean team contemplated not returning to the field after a drinks break, after some appalling umpiring in a test match against Sri Lanka in 1998. Pom also reflects on his time as a commentator, and is quick to point out that what he does is a privilege.
When listening to Edward Charlie Rainsford commentating on your television or radio set, he comes across as a loud jovial character. Often his lighthearted approach in the commentary box is misunderstood as being arrogant, or not taking his job or the game seriously. This couldn’t be any further from the truth as you will find out when listening to this very deep conversation between Ed and Dean du Plessis. Rainsford admits that he is a “complicated guy”. And, like so many former Zimbabwean players of colour, Rainsford also had his share of difficulties to deal with. Including his Mother’s horrific battle with cancer.
Alex Tudor will always be remembered for his spell of 5/44 against Australia back in 2001. This conversation covers cricket, and life in general. Alex’s passion for cricket, sport and life shines through.
Director of Surrey and former captain of England Alec Stewart has a wonderful conversation with Dean du Plessis about his playing career, the importance of crowds attending sport, and the haphazard selections that plagued English cricket back in the 90’s.
VusiMuzi Sibanda tells us a story of humour, honesty and sadness. Tall and elegant at the crease, Vusi Sibanda’s trademark cover drives and muscular pull shots were a pure delight to watch. He starts off by telling Dean du Plessis about him and his opening partner and good friend Tino Mawoyo missing a flight to the West Indies in 2013. He bravely admits that the pace of Brett Lee unnerved him. He admits that approaching milestones such as 50s and hundreds often made him circumspect which lead to him playing poor shots and giving his wicket away. But Vusi’s story is also tinged with sadness as he relates a session much worse than the searing pace of Brett Lee, as he was made to sing racial discrimination songs in the official’s car in the early hours of the morning. He was called names, made to feel uncomfortable with the fact that he was the only black player in the invitational team he was picked to play in. At the age of 17 a traumatised Vusi Sibanda nearly gave up playing the game before he even started, due to one man’s bitter taunts and hatred. This is an interview with humour, honesty and sadness.
He made his international debut for Zimbabwe at the age of 18, and retired from international cricket at the grand old age of 21. Sean Ervine who showed immense promise with bat and ball for Zimbabwe, left the country in 2004 to take up a 14 year career playing county cricket for Hampshire. He remembers his childhood days with fondness, talks at great length about his short but promising career with Zimbabwe. From watching Matthew Hayden score 380 against Zimbabwe in Perth, to his first and only hundred he scored against India at the Adelaide Oval in 2004. He remembers handing in his letter of retirement to Zimbabwe Cricket in tears, and he talks about his time with Hampshire, and the influence the great Shane Warne who captained Hampshire had over Sean’s development as a cricketer.
“I remember Andy Flower coming into the change room after the toss, and telling us that Salim Malik tried to cheat at the toss”. Heath Streak recalls the drama and euphoria of Zimbabwe’s first test win against Pakistan. He talks about bowling and batting partnerships, and admits that there was a bit of tension between himself and Andy Flower when Flower was sacked as captain, and Streak took over in 2000
“I believe that T20 cricket is a wonder vehicle to introduce fans to cricket, but, I hope Test Cricket survives for many more years”. Michael Hussey, one of the nice guys in World Cricket, takes time out to talk to Dean du Plessis about the importance of First Class cricket, his international career and his love of Test Cricket.
“At first, I missed the friends and family back in Zimbabwe, but, it didn’t take me long to realise that there was no light at the end of the tunnel with regards to Zimbabwe qualifying for Test Cricket’”. His highest test score is 178 against India. His highest ODI score is 126* against Sri Lanka. He scored a staggering 41112 first class runs which included 136 hundreds, and 158 50s, with a highest score of 405*. Graeme Hick talks to Dean du Plessis about his teenage life in Zimbabwe, how he got to play for Worcestershire, his international playing days with England, and his time as Australia’s batting coach.
David Mutendera burst onto the the scene as a big strapping lad in the U19 ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa back in 1998, and many felt that Zimbabwe had finally found the fast bowler to replace an aging Eddo Brandes, and an overworked Heath Streak. Sadly that never happened. Mutendera remembers his test debut, which also turned out to be his last test match with sadness. “It was against New Zealand at Queens Sports club in Bulawayo back in 2000, and Guy Whittle refused to play, saying Craig Wishart should have been in the side ahead of me”. Mutendera who is now a selector also believes that Zimbabwe’s controversial former managing director Ozias Bvute had a big part to play in the deterioration, adding that because so many people of cricketing knowledge had “abandoned the ship, Zimbabwe cricket was left to Bvute’s mercy”.
He is passionate, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and he speaks from the heart. Zimbabwe’s Test captain Sean Williams has a heart to heart with Dean du Plessis. He talks in depth about Zimbabwe’s loss to the UAE in the crucial World Cup qualifier at Harare sports club. He fondly remembers the 2015 ICC cricket World Cup, and relives his ODI debut against a powerhouse South African team in 2005, and reveals who he loves batting the most with, as well as the coaches that inspired him to achieve what he has.
Fazeer Mohammed is a name which resonates with thousands of listeners and viewers in the Caribbean islands, from Jamaica to his home island of Trinidad and Tobago. Now, finally, he is beginning to make his mark in commentary boxes around the world, and although he isn’t on Social media, he has a world wide following. Fazeer talks about his first childhood memories of watching Michael Holding running in to bowl to the original little master Sunia Gavaskar. He shares his frustrations of not being able to commentate as much as former cricketers, but also expresses immense gratitude for what he has achieved. He talks about the styles of captaincy from Clive Loyd to Jason Holder, the West Indies chances of winning the series, and reminds us that the last Windows series win in England was back in 1988. In short, this is a conversation between 2 passionate lovers of the game who may never have played it, but who have so much to offer.
Dean du Plessis is once again joined by Cape Town based cricket fanatic and analyst Fatima Ahmed, better known as the Popping Crease who looks back at the first test played between England and the victorious West Indies
Sikandar Raza But, one of Zimbabwe’s all time favourites takes time to talk to Dean du Plessis about his recent signing up with CPL team the Trinbago Night Riders, as well as his childhood in Pakistan. Raza was hoping to become a fighter pilot, but that was not to be. He fondly remembers how he was picked to play for the Southern Rocks, a former franchise based in the Southern part of Zimbabwe, where he rubbed shoulders with a number of players both locally based and around the world. He remembers Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan in 2015, Zimbabwe’s test win against Pakistan, the country of his birth, and the euphoria of beating Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in 2017. Raza also admits that should he ever be offered the captaincy, he would consider it a challenge he would relish.
“I would like another bite at the cherrie” says AB de Villiers with a chuckle as he talks to Dean du Plessis. “I’m doing everything I can from staying fit to hitting balls, and hoping I can play one more tournament for South Africa”. If it works out, I would be very happy, if not, so be it. AB de Villiers, also known as MR 360 degrees talks about making a choice between Tennis and Cricket, his best test hundred, and the heated series between South Africa and Australia. “I knew something was happening in the Australian camp”. Referring to the sandpaper incident.
“You can stay if you want, but I’m going”. These were the words of Murray Goodwin’s wife as the turbulence with in Zimbabwe cricket, and the country itself started back in 1999/2000. Murray Goodwin has a heart to heart conversation with Dean du Plessis, explaining why he came back to Zimbabwe, and why he left. Goodwin talks about his childhood in Zimbabwe and Australia, the thrill of making his debut for Western Australia against England, the friendships he made while playing for Zimbabwe, and his son Jayden. A talented leg spinning allrounder who has put his cricket career on hold to do voluntarily missionary work for his church in Zimbabwe. Murray fondly remembers his contributions for Sussex which secured the County Championship title in 2003, thanks to his innings of 335*
He scored a staggering 12400 test runs in 134 matches at an average of 57.40 with a highest score of 319*. Kumar Sangakkara talks to Dean du Plessis from his home in Kandy where he and his family are celebrating his Father’s 80th Birthday. Kumar speaks about his roll as the first non British player to be elected as the president of the MCC. His love of Pakistan and it’s people despite the attack on their bus back in 2009 when Sri Lanka toured Pakistan. And he also speaks of the privilege of scoring hundreds for his school and for Sri Lanka at the same venue. His former school which also served as a test venue. He pays tribute to his childhood coach who still assisted him, even when he had scored his 10 thousandth test run, and the influence of his Father.
The name of the Podcast suggests that former South African left arm spinner has just embarked on a crazy adventure. In truth, it is a truly delightful conversation which features Cape Town based freelance journalist Fatima Ahmed, otherwise known as The Popping Crease on social media, former South African left arm spinner Robin Peterson, and Dean du Plessis. This informal yet informative conversation covers the current settings of World Cricket as we eagerly anticipate the return of Test cricket in July. Fatima also tells us how and where her husband proposed to her, Robin relives his famous over to the great Brian Lara, and Dean confirms that he would never have been a good cricketer. A must listen for a true cricket lover.
“Hopefully another 2 and a half years of international cricket” says Brendan Taylor in his chat with Dean du Plessis. 34 year old batsman Brendan Taylor talks about growing up playing cricket under the watchful eye of the Campbell family, his childhood hero’s, Andy Flower and Adam Gilchrist, how he adapted from the U19 World Cup to playing test cricket, his stint with Nottinghamshire and Zimbabwe’s upcoming fixtures.
Neil Johnson. Always smiling and positive by nature remembers the 1999 World Cup with great fondness, and rightly so. Zimbabwe beat Kenya, India and South Africa which allowed them to qualify for the Super sixes. Johnson remembers Zimbabwe’s best day of their ODI History when they beat South Africa, who were the favourites of the tournament. And of course scoring 132* against Australia at Lord’s.
He was one of Zimbabwe’s finest sportsmen, and undoubtedly one of the country’s best cricketers. He was the first Zimbabwean to score a hundred in an ODI when he made 142 against New Zealand in the 1987 World Cup. The first Zimbabwean to score a test hundred when he made 121 against India in Zimbabwe’s debut test match in 1992. The first Zimbabwean to score a double test hundred when he made 266 against Sri Lanka in 1994. He was Zimbabwe’s most successful coach when he was in charge from 1996 to 2000. He now proudly coaches Derbyshire County Cricket Club. Dave Houghton talks about coaching, Zimbabwe’s quest to gain Test Status, playing along side and even captaining players such as Viv Richards and Sachin Tendulkar.
When my Brother Ben died, I honestly thought the sun would never shine again. Former England ODI captain now Queensland coach Adam Hollioake has a heart to heart chat with Dean du Plessis about his career, mixed Martial Arts, investment losses, and feeling like he never belonged to any country.
Former South African batsman JP Duminy will always be remembered for his dramatic start to Test cricket. His unbeaten 50 assisted AB de Villiers in a match winning partnership as South Africa chased down 414 in Perth in 2008. But, JP wasn’t done yet, his 166 in the 2nd test at the MCG played a significant part in South Africa winning the series down under. The first South African test team to achieve a series win in Australia. He talks about the pressure that followed his test success into the IPL and admits that at times, alcohol was something he turned to in order to relieve some of the pressure. Most of All, JP Duminy hopes that he is able to play a roll in assisting the next generation of cricketers to represent South Africa.
How often do you have two people with the same name talking about something they love with their entire being? This is one of the rare occasions when Dean du Plessis and Dean Jones have a chat about current players, and of course Dean Jones’s playing career. Jones is a fabulous story teller, and and leads us into the famous sweat band incident with Curtly Ambrose. He also admits that he was part of one of Australia’s “most gutless, heartless” performances against the West Indies in 1988 which subsequently saw him score 216 against the same opposition in the following test match. Story telling at it’s best. He pulls no punches. Dean Jones at his best.
“I didn’t back myself as much as I should have” says HD Ackerman in a fantastic interview with Dean du Plessis. Ackerman who left his country of birth South Africa 4 years ago, now resides in Perth Western Australia where he recently accepted the job as Afghanistan’s batting coach. He talks about playing for what was then known as Western Province, now known as the Cape Cobras, his test debut in 1998, and he believes that he matured late in his career, and played his best cricket in England. He also talks about fond and happy memories in the commentary box, working along side the greats of the game.
Tino Mawoyo is undoubtedly Zimbabwe’s premier cricket commentator. He not only works on games that feature Zimbabwe, but also worked extensively on the ICC World Cup qualifiers in 2018, and is a regular commentator in the Bangladesh Premier League. Tino takes us back to whee it all started for him in the Eastern highlands city of Mutare. He remembers his ferry tail test debut against Bangladesh, his 163* against Pakistan, and he also picks his all-time Zimbabwe test 11.
Meet Joel Muzeya, manager of the Alistair Campbell high performance program team, also known as the Rangers. Joel has been involved with cricket development and coaching since 1995. Although some may consider him to be a behind the scenes man, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Joel has nurtured and looked after a number of Zimbabwe’s current crop of players,and he talks about the difficulties of introducing cricket to kids from the high density suburbs in the mid 1990s, to finding the balance of todays younger players. Do they demand too much before being recognised, or are their requests justified?
The 3rd and final part of a chat between 2 cricket journalists and friends. Dean du Plessis and Neil Manthorp have known each other since 2001 when Neil encouraged Dean to enter the world of journalism. Neil talks about some of his favourite matches he has had the pleasure of covering as a broadcaster. From South Africa’s run chase against Australia in Perth in 2008, to Dale Steyn’s astonishing figures of 6/8 against Pakistan in Johannesburg. And Neil’s passionate defence of AB de Villiers concludes this fascinating 3 part conversation.
This Podcast is the equivalent of a Sunday Roast. Carve the meat, prepare the trimmings, and don’t forget the Apple Pie. David Gower, one of England’s finest left-handers to emerge out of England, takes time out to talk to Dean du Plessis. He talks about the euphoria of regaining the Ashes in 1985 as captain, the disappointing tour of the West Indies in 1986, the joy of retaining the Ashes in 1987 which gave him a second opportunity to captain England, and the disappointment of losing the Ashes in 1989 which lost him the captaincy as well. He vividly relives the Tiger Moth incident in 1991, talks about the joys and blunders of the commentary box, and shares his experience of playing blind cricket- which appealed to Dean du Plessis’s sense of humour, as Dean is totally blind.
Andy Flower was undoubtedly Zimbabwe’s most successful test batsman. He speaks fondly of Zimbabwe having to prove them selves when they were granted test status in 1992. He remembers the euphoria of Zimbabwe’s first test win back in February 1995, and his amazing run of form in 2000 when his total of 540 runs in the two test series against India in India propelled him to the world’s number 1 ranked test batsman.
Dean du Plessis was fortunate enough to catch up with one of the true living legends of the game, Mikey Holding, who was part of not only the best bowling attack in World cricket from the 70s to the mid 80s, but the best team as well. He talks about his youth and the Sunday curried goat matches, the dominance of the West Indies, and a letter written by the late former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela to the West Indies team who refused to tour South Africa in 1998 due to grievances with the West Indies cricket board. The tour eventually went ahead, but the West Indies were thrashed by South Africa. The fact that the West Indies initially refused to tour South Africa despite a letter from the great Nelson Mandela still hurts Mikey to this day. We also hear from Zimbabwe’s former test captain, former coach Heath Streak who is a member of Solidarity trust Zimbabwe.
If you remember the 1992 World Cup as fondly as Danny Morrison and Dean du Plessis do, this Podcast is for you. Morrison effortlessly transports us back to 1992 and remembers the planning, and executions of those plans by taking pace off the new ball, and then brutalising the bowling attacks with their opening batsmen. And, in typical Danny Morrison humour, Danny tells us about his career test best of 42. Great Humor, and heartwarming memories. And don’t forget to listen to the Solidarity trust message.
Danny Morrison has captivated viewers around the world with his high octane style of commentary. Some love it, while others hate it. Either way, this likeable former fast bowler has made a name for himself in the commentary box, and around the world. Danny talks to Dean about his commentating, as well as his remarkable success against Australia back in 1993. We also hear from trustee of ZimSot Karen Mutasa
Part 2 of a lite hearted but informative conversation between two colleagues and friends. Dean du Plessis and South African based journalist Neil Manthorp talk about bowlers who had the ability to reverse swing the ball, Australis’s official return to South Africa after readmission, Brian McMillan’s famous incident with Alan Border which left AB stuttering and stammering. And Neil Manthorp then has Dean du Plessis lost for words as he rolls back the years to Dean’s first stint in the commentary box in 2001
Meet 19 year old Zimbabwean born Tawanda Muyeye. Tawanda a former Peter House school boy had the thrill of winning Wisden’s cricketer of the year when he scored a whopping 1112 runs at an average of 69.12 for his newly adopted school East Bourne college in Sussex. This award has previously been won by current England players Jonny Bairstow, and Jos Buttler. Contrary to reports, Young Tawanda is still leaving his options open as to which country he hopes to play for. At the moment, he is focusing on going to university, playing cricket, and taking each day as it comes. He still gets to enjoy many of Zimbabwe’s local serials, cordials, and favourite local food such as sadza, and oxtail.
Former England captain, now commentator Michael Vaughn gives Dean du Plessis wonderful insight as he talks about long term leadership off the field, and captaincy on the field. Vaughn believes that as a captain, one should manage the person and not the player. He also admits that batting first in all the tests in unusually dry English conditions played a part in England’s 2-1 series win in the Ashes of 2005. He and coach Duncan Fletcher had a two and a half year plan leading up to the momentous Ashes 2005 win.
He speaks as naturally as he played. Former South African captain Shaun Pollock talks to Dean du Plessis about growing up in a multi talented cricketing family. He talks about his faith in God, his playing days, and how he adapted from having no captaincy ambitions to liking the job as captain. He also tributes his wife Trisha for being a rock and for supporting him as a player and now commentator
This is the first episode of 2 broadcasters, colleagues and friends talking about the game they both love. In this episode Dean du Plessis and South African based cricket writer and commentator Neil Manthorp take you back to 1991 when South Africa were readmitted to the international sporting arena. They revisit South Africa’s hastily arranged tour to India, remember the 1992 World Cup, talk about reverse swing, polyester trousers and more.
Henry Olonga will always be remembered for his courageous stand when he wore his black arm-band along side Andy Flower in the 2003 World Cup. He also happened to be an integral part of Zimbabwe’s pace attack, and the country’s first black test cricketer. He also has a wonderful singing voice, and made a huge impression in the Voice Australia in May 2019. Dean du Plessis caught up with Henry and chew the fat so to speak in a delightful one on one