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May  2018




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Easier Said Than Done

A Life in Sport

Alan Wilkins

Foreword by Sunil Gavaskar

Preface by Vijay Amritraj

Introduction by Lynn Davies

Alan Wilkins has to be the nicest man in broadcast services. There is nobody who is so gentle, so kind, so generous with his time and someone who laughs at himself as much as Wilko does.’
Sunil Gavaskar – former captain, India

'Having the ability to commentate on any sport, a tremendous God-given gift, Alan has become easily one of the most respected voices in international sport. His knowledge of cricket, golf, tennis, rugby, boxing, and Formula One is tremendous. His admired and precise voice makes him one of the most loved names in world sport commentary.'
Wasim Akram – former captain, Pakistan

‘a great read and most entertaining’
Ravi Shastri - Head Coach, India

'The Welshman who became a first-class cricketer, who lived and played in South Africa during apartheid, to forging an international career as a sports commentator, Wilko’s story is as varied and engaging as it is challenging at times.
Melanie Jones - former Australian cricketer

'My friend Wilko will always be remembered as a talented cricketer whose career was sadly cut short by injury, but the most prominent thought for me was a person immaculately dressed, with self-deprecating humour, who always played with a smile on his face – unless facing the might of the West Indian pace attack!
David Graveney – former captain Gloucestershire CCC

'Alan Wilkins was one of the best-dressed cricketers on the field of play - never a hair out of place! A popular player on the field and in the dressing room, he was always laughing and joking – a great sense of humour – Alan was good to have in our side.'
Alan Jones – former captain, Glamorgan

'Alan is a true gentlemen who I got to know him whilst playing the greatest game on earth ... He knew the nuances of rugby, while his knowledge and passion for sport served him well as a superb broadcaster. He got it!
Francois Pienaar - former captain, South Africa

'Cardiff born and Cardiff bred he is a natural communicator in many ways, in many sports, and I must add, in many places – 'a citizen of the world'.           
Tony Lewis – former Glamorgan and England Captain

Nothing in life comes easily. More often than not, achievement comes at the end of a long period of preparation and hard work, and Alan's broadcasting career - after his retirement from our great game of cricket - is the perfect example of this. Alan epitomizes what sport is all about.
Clive Lloyd, former captain, West Indies

A lovely guy, always warm and friendly, he was very well received in South Africa.
Dr Ali Bacher

'Alan is an extremely talented broadcaster; knowledgeable, relaxed with good humour ... Being a highly successful professional cricketer and first-class rugby player obviously helped and was probably a major part of this success.'
Sir Graham Henry – former coach, Wales, Lions and New Zealand

'His love for sport is reflected in his commentary and that in turn has made him very popular with the sports-loving masses, who see themselves in him.'
Virat Kohli – captain, India

'Alan has an amazing command of the English language, with a passionate ability to tell the story of the moment.'
Ian Baker-Finch – 1991 Open Champion 

'The thought of Alan Wilkins chronicling his incredible journey through sport fills me with joy. As a cricketer and then a broadcaster he has brought joy to millions of sports fans around the world. His is the modern voice of cricket and his passion for all things sport is inspiring and uplifting.'
Kumar Sangakkara – former captain
, Sri Lanka


Preface by Vijay Amritraj
Foreword by Sunil Gavaskar
Introduction by Lynn Davies

1.   Early Days
2.   Loughborough, Eventually
3.   Glamorgan New Boy
4.   Home Truths
5.   High Hopes on the Highveld
6.   The Parting of Ways
7.   Back to the Sun
8.   Christmas in Calcutta
9.   Reality Check
10. The Jacaranda City
11. The Beginning of the End
13. No Shoulder No Cry
14. Familiar Places, Friendly Faces
15. Back To The Future
16. Indian Hat-Trick
17. Wales Welcomes The Rugby World
18. Singapore Fling
19. Vijay
20. Never a Good Walk Spoiled
21. Stumps




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