On the Wisden Cricket Weekly Podcast, David Gower discussed the future of his commentary career after he was axed from the Sky Sports Cricket team last summer, saying he ‘would love to’ return to working for BBC Test Match Special.
The 63-year-old believes he is “far too young to stop doing stuff” and while he treasures the 20 years he spent at the television station, believes he has something to offer on the radio for TMS.
“I think I can say that [my commentary] worked pretty well,” said Gower. “For instance, a lot of the stuff that I saw at the time on Twitter when Sky said they were going to let me go was very supportive, and there’s still stuff going out there right now, so I think I got it reasonably right, so I think I’m pretty good at it. It would be lovely to get back into that sort of environment but of course the challenge is this: when you’re in the current era, it is very obvious to those in broadcasting and in journalism that the trends are different.
“I’d like to think that there is scope for every element. For instance, TMS, which is brilliant, has evolved a lot over the years. We can listen to some very skilful broadcasting from younger folk, both sexes, players, ex-players, non-players. There is an eclectic mix in that TMS box which is what has always made it and makes it special. I would like to think, and Geoffrey (Boycott) of course has been around for a couple of thousand years as well, he has the voice of experience. One hopes that there is space for experience and broadcasting skills.”
However, while Gower feels he has the support of some of the TMS commentators, including vaunted broadcaster Jonathan Agnew, the “preliminary chats” he’s had and the “hints” he’s dropped have yet to result in anything concrete.
“Trust me, I’ve had a chat or two with Aggers, who I think is on my side,” he said. “That sort of thing (returning to TMS), I’d love to do that. I’d be very much on side for that. I wouldn’t expect to be part of any of the other stuff that BBC are doing this summer with Test match highlights, I would have loved to do that, The Hundred is probably something you accept is the wrong sort of sphere to me. It would be fun to do, but one accepts that there is a slant they want to put on these things. Whatever preliminary chats I’ve had or hints that I’ve dropped, nothing much is happening.”
You can listen Gower’s full Wisden Cricket Weekly Podcast interview on the Podcast App or Spotify.