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In the latest issue of Wisden Cricket Monthly, out February 23, Rob Key sits down with Mark Butcher, his former teammate and colleague, to reflect on a mind-boggling first 10 months in his role as managing director of England men’s cricket.
In a wide-ranging interview which took place in the ECB boardroom at Lord’s, Key explains why the role appealed to him and how the seeds were sown for England’s red-ball revolution. He and Butcher also discuss what might be around the corner for English cricket and the wider game.
Elsewhere in a jam-packed issue, Jack Leach tells James Wallace he’s never felt so comfortable in an England shirt, Aussie legend Belinda Clark discusses the past, present and future of the women’s game in conversation with Mel Farrell, Matt Roller reflects on the first 15 years of the IPL and considers what the next extravaganza might throw up, and Matt Root tells Jo Harman what it’s like to have fathered a great of the game.
John Stern takes us back 60 years to the transformational summer of 1963, Allan Lamb picks out the defining moments from his glittering career, Ollie Pope and Toby Radford share their batting expertise, and we celebrate the greatest County Championship team campaigns.
As for our columnists, Andrew Miller examines England’s less-than-ideal preparations for the Men’s World Cup, Adam Collins reports from Nagpur on a chastening series-opener for Australia, Lawrence Booth hails the impact of the ACE programme, and we have a guest column from Isa Guha on the game-changing Women’s Super League.