Love the game and tell good stories: Atherton will write around the world

NEW DELHI: Love the game and tell good stories about Cricket , is the previous message England Pattern Michael Atherton has passed on to the scribes involved in bringing the sport to fans.

Once he hung his boots as a player, Atherton picked up the microphone and pen to write about the sport he was an integral part of for 12 years, playing in 115 Tests and 54 ODIs for England .

I still think this is a good storytelling. I know statistics and technique and all that sort of thing is important and very much at the heart of the modern landscape, Atherton said in a podcast published by the printed circuit board after his recent visit to Pakistan.

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I think telling good stories remains the heart of journalists, broadcasters, documentary makers, and commentators, whatever tells good stories about a great game.

After a successful Cricket career, Atherton is now a broadcaster with Sky Sports and is also working with The Times as their chief Cricket correspondent.

In sharing his thought process, Atherton said as a journalist that he does not always seek to criticize teams and their players.

I don't think it's my job to criticize. I think it is your job to speak honestly and truthfully. You still need to empathize with the players, remember how difficult and difficult the game is.

Occasionally, you have to criticize and there is no way to avoid it. But, I think if you're fair and the players know that you don't have an ax to grind and that you're being fair, then I think that's fine.

Atherton said that in the modern era, where social media has gained so much importance, it is difficult for young gamers to avoid harsh criticism from various platforms.

"There was no social media when I played. Of course, you still had criticism from commentators and journalists and maybe the tabloid media was a bit stronger in England then than it is now. It is tougher for young players now as it is very hard to get away from social media."

Players are encouraged to be on social media for all kinds of reasons: personal sponsorship and general availability. But that level of criticism and criticism is quite difficult to handle, especially if you're young.

The 52-year-old shared how cameras are constantly present in the locker room, something he himself would not have appreciated on his game days.

People are much more open than perhaps they were in my generation. Today, in fact, there is an eight-part Amazon Prime documentary series about Australia Cricket team where the cameras have been in the dressing room. They have been in every team meeting and I think the filmmakers had 2,600 hours of footage there and that's just outside of the Cricket .

I'd be careful with the cameras in the locker room all the time if I were playing.