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Alan Tyers: Manish Bhasin’s Twenty20 Twitter

June 11th, 2009 by Alan Tyers in Alan Tyers

BBC highlights presenter keeps his fans up to date with all the World Twenty20 goings on…

Updated 2 hours ago: The Lords is so cool!! To be at a venue where legends of the game like Sir Steaky Botham, Donald Batman, Freddie Flintoff and Alesha Dixon have all played – awesome.

Updated 90 minutes ago: Just found out that Alesha didn’t get to play – shame. She is a brilliant singer and well fit: probably considered one of the great all-rounders? (Check this fact later).

Updated 1 hour ago: Very excited about England v South Africa later today. Should try and get some player interviews. Approach South African captain Graeme Smith with trusty notebook in hand (I’m a real journo now mum!!!?!!)

Updated 55 minutes ago: Graeme Smith says he will have the t-bone steak rare, a lasagne, two portions of chips, a chicken and a pint of double cream (low fat if available).

Updated 54 minutes ago: Explain I am not a waiter but in fact BBC face of cricket seeking interview.

Updated 53 minutes ago: In Lord’s kitchen getting food for Graeme Smith in exchange for interview.

Update 49 minutes ago: Graeme Smith finishes his breakfast and we settle down to serious cricket chat. It’s like Frost v Nixon… or Ambrose v Walsh! (Check later).

Update 48 minutes ago: First question: “So Graeme, what would you say is more important, batting or bowling, in the context of the Twenty20 format?” (Testing one first up I reckon?!!?)

Update 47 minutes ago: Smith asks for Lemon Meringue Pie and falls asleep.

Update 40 minutes ago:
I am not discouraged – it is the job of the serious journalist to ask the tough questions. This I learned from Gabby Logan when we did BBC Children In Need fun-run together.

Update 35 minutes ago: See legendary figure Sir Jeffrey Boycotts and decide I will ask him my question instead.

Update 31 minutes ago:
Boycotts is not a nice man.

Update 28 minutes ago:
But in between the unkind remarks and laughter I reckon he thinks that batting is most important. This could be significant piece of information for broadcast tonight.

Update 25 minutes ago: See my colleague Rishi and we practice our cricket trivia knowledge together.

Update 12 minutes ago: It’s a tight-run contest but I just edge it one question to nil.

Update 11 minutes ago: For any young sports fans, I knew that leg before wicket means that you have to go out; Rishi (durrr!) thought it was one of the fences at the Grand Nationals.

Update 4 minutes ago: Only 12 hours to go before highlights broadcast tonight now. Producer gives me copy of ‘Freddie Flintoff Cricket Annual For Boys 2005’ and tells me to wait quietly in trailer.

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