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Vipers Voices

Brian Murgatroyd

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This is the home of The Desert Vipers, the Twenty20 franchise side competing in the ILT20, the shortform tournament in the United Arab Emirates with its second edition in January and February of 2024. For exclusive interviews and insight from the Desert Vipers camp, this is the place to be. This is Vipers Voices...
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One Test Wonders

Brian Murgatroyd

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The history of cricket is full of great players, great teams, great matches, great series and great seasons and those stories have been told countless times. But what about the tales of players who did not scale the heights of the legends of the game, players who scaled their own personal Everest by being picked for Test cricket, only to never be selected again? That is the subject of One Test Wonders, a cricketing podcast that features episodes with players who played just one Test.
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This is our final podcast from season two of the DP World ILT20. The Vipers signed off from the tournament for this season with a comfortable win by six wickets over the Sharjah Warriors in Sharjah, a win that ensured that although the side failed to finish in the top four and therefore secure a spot in the play-offs, it did mean Colin Munro’s side…
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This episode could easily be called Vipers heartache as Colin Munro’s side went down to a last ball loss against the Dubai Capitals for a second time this season. The defeat leaves the franchise bottom of the six-team table and while they’re still not out of contention for a spot in the finals, it’s now out of their hands. We hear from batter Alex …
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This time we have a real treat for you – a round-table chat with captain Colin Munro and Director of Cricket Tom Moody to look ahead to the match against the Dubai Capitals at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday night, the 9th of February. It’s the penultimate match of the regular season for the Vipers and it’s a must-win encounter if the sid…
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In this episode we speak with the Vipers recruits Phil Salt and Sam Curran, the England internationals who have flown in from the SA20 in South Africa to bolster the side’s roster in the run-in to the end of the regular season of the DP World ILT20. Wicketkeeper-batter Phil has arrived from Pretoria Capitals and all-rounder Sam, has joined from MI …
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In this episode we look back at the Vipers’ Sustainability Match, against the Gulf Giants at the Dubai International Stadium last Saturday, in the company of the Desert Vipers CEO Phil Oliver and Sustainability Manager Ben Hardy-Jones. The Vipers have nailed their colours to the mast by putting Sustainability and the climate crisis front and centre…
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In this episode we reflect on a 30-run loss at the hands of MI Emirates in Abu Dhabi on Sunday February the 4th, the Vipers’ eighth game of this campaign. We have reaction from debutant leg-spinner Nathan Sowter, who performed admirably in taking one for 27 and there’s also the views of Ali Naseer, the UAE all-rounder who had his maiden DP World IL…
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This time we look back on an emphatic win for Colin Munro’s side against the Gulf Giants – a six-wicket success with more than three overs in hand. Coming up we have reaction from opening batter Alex Hales, wicketkeeper-batter Azam Khan, who scored the fastest fifty in the history of the tournament, and also head coach James Foster, with the result…
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This is a very special episode of Vipers Voices. It's special because It was recorded on the day the Desert Vipers joined forces with the Dubai Sports Council. Dubai Sports Council is the official body responsible for the development of the sports sector in the Emirate. And in a ground-breaking partnership, Dubai Sports Council has become the Lead …
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This time we reflect upon the side’s sixth match of the second edition of the tournament and it’s a match that ended in defeat for the Vipers – a four-wicket loss at the hands of David Warner’s Dubai Capitals, off the final ball of the match. Coming up we hear from Director of Cricket Tom Moody, who offers us his perspective on the narrow reverse a…
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In this episode we look back at the dramatic victory over MI Emirates, forward to the next match, against the Dubai Capitals, and also assess how the team is doing at the halfway point of the group stage, all in the company of captain Colin Munro. Colin offers his usual fair and honest appraisal of his own and his side’s performances in the tournam…
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It’s a happy podcast this time as we have reaction after the Vipers' second win of this season's DP World ILT20, one secured by the narrowest of margins - by two wickets off the final ball in an absolute thriller against MI Emirates at the Dubai International Stadium. We hear from head coach James Foster and also UAE all-rounder Ali Naseer, who too…
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It’s time to hear from the Desert Vipers CEO Phil Oliver as we build up to the franchise’s Sustainability Match, against the Gulf Giants at the Dubai International Stadium on Saturday February the 3rd. The match is a first for the Vipers and for the DP World ILT20 as it’s been put in place to highlight all that the Vipers are doing to raise awarene…
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In this episode we reflect upon the match against the Sharjah Warriors at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, a game that saw the Vipers slip to a third defeat in four this season, going down narrowly by seven runs. We hear from Luke Wood, who picked up three wickets in his first outing of the campaign and there’s also reaction from top-scorer Alex Hales, who…
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In this episode, we look back on the side’s third match of the tournament, against the Abu Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi. The Knight Riders repeated the result of the previous meeting between the two sides six days earlier by winning by six wickets, this time with 14 balls to spare. We hear from Vipers batter Sherfane Rutherford, who made 28 from 21 b…
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It’s time to look forward to the next match on the Vipers’ schedule, the match against the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday afternoon. And to that, we are in the company of head coach James Foster. We chatted with James on Thursday and in a wide-ranging conversation he not only looked ahead to that match…
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This time we catch up with Tymal Mills, the left-arm fast bowler who’s already made a significant impact for the Vipers in this edition of the tournament. Tymal talks to us about a range of subjects, looking back on the victory of the Gulf Giants in the side’s second match of the tournament, forward to match three against the Abu Dhabi Knight Rider…
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We’re reacting to positive news as the Vipers are off the mark for the season with a six-wicket win with eight balls to spare against the Gulf Giants, the side that beat the Vipers in last year’s final. It was a match that saw Pakistan trio Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan and Azam Khan all debut for the franchise and all played roles in the victor…
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This episode is what you might call a Pakistan special as we chat to Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan, part of the four-man contingent from that country who are bolstering the Vipers ranks for this second edition of the DP World ILT20. Amir played in the first match of the season against the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders and now Shadab is in Dubai as well, …
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This really is an episode with a difference as we begin the countdown to a first for the Vipers and a first for the DP World ILT20 – a game on February the 3rd against defending champions the Gulf Giants that’s being christened the Sustainability Match, aimed at highlighting all the things the Vipers are doing to raise the issues of climate change …
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We reflect on the Desert Vipers’ first match of season two of the DP World ILT20. The Vipers were defeated by the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders by six wickets with 14 balls to spare at the Dubai International Stadium and to talk us through what went wrong we have an interview with Director of Cricket Tom Moody. We’ll also hear from Adam Hose, who top-sco…
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It’s also here! The first match of the Desert Vipers 2024 DP World ILT20 campaign is almost upon us. At the time of recording this episode all the preparations are finished and now it’s just a case of one more sleep until the players head out to face the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders at the Dubai International Stadium. So, with that first match so close,…
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In this episode, after a training session two days out from the opening encounter of the tournament, against the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders at the Dubai International Stadium on January the 21st, we speak with Vipers Head Coach James Foster. We caught up with James after a session at the ICC Academy and we touched on a whole range of subjects, from th…
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This episode features an interview with Adam Hose after the batter top-scored with 39 from 21 balls in the Vipers’ warm-up match against the Dubai Capitals at the ICC Academy on Thursday evening. The match was 14-a-side and both teams had players who batted more than once as they sought middle practice. The Capitals won by 37 runs as their batters …
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This time we hear from Toby Gregory, the founder of The Plastic Pledge, which has joined forces with the Desert Vipers as a Sustainability Impact Partner for the next two years. The agreement will see the Vipers sign up to the pledge as part of its drive to eradicate single-use plastic in its team environment, inviting its fans to do likewise. The …
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As the players continue to arrive and preparations both on and off the field hit a high gear, who better than to give us the lie of the land than Director of Cricket Tom Moody. We caught up with Tom during a squad training session at the ICC Academy and we talked around a whole range of topics, from Colin Munro’s retention as captain for this seaso…
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In this episode it’s all starting to get real again as we catch up with Colin Munro, who has been confirmed as captain for season two. We spoke with Colin at the team’s jersey launch at Soul Beach at the JA Resort in Jebel Ali, just six days before the Vipers’ first match of this campaign, against the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders at the Dubai Internatio…
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In this episode we speak with new signing Dan Lawrence, the English batting powerhouse who is set to arrive in Dubai off the back of time alongside 50-over Cricket World Cup winners Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis at the Melbourne Stars in Australia’s Big Bash League. Dan, who has switched county sides during the winter, from Essex to Surrey, alre…
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The episodes are coming thick and fast as season two approaches, and so is the news, and this time we talk about an exciting new partnership with Bat For A Chance, a UK-based initiative that aims to recycle used cricket clothing and equipment to ensure as many people as possible around the world get the opportunity to play the sport. We hear from t…
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Coming up we’ve got a terrific chat with the Durham leg-spinner Nathan Sowter, who's been drafted into the Desert Vipers squad for season two. Nathan was one of the leading slow bowlers in shortform cricket in the UK in the 2023 season. He was part of Tom Moody’s Oval Invincibles side, alongside fellow Desert Viper Tom Curran, which won The men’s H…
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This time we hear from one of the Vipers’ outstanding players of season one, and a player who provided perhaps the moment of the tournament, left-handed powerhouse Sherfane Rutherford. Sherfane scored 247 runs at an incredible strike-rate of 184.32 in season one and in the Qualifier against the Gulf Giants, after tearing his hamstring, he limped ba…
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This time we go off the field, away from the players, to hear from one of the unsung heroes of the Vipers backroom staff, Strength and Conditioning Coach Darren Veness. Daz, as he’s universally known, is one of the heartbeats of the Vipers and his role in keeping the players in tip-top physical shape was crucial in the side’s charge to the final in…
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This time we hear from new signing Tymal Mills. The left-arm fast bowler has replaced Gus Atkinson in the squad for season two, which gets underway on January the 19th, after Gus was selected for England’s Test tour of India. For Tymal, it’s a return to the Vipers fold as he was a part of the squad in season one, only for his involvement to be cut …
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You’ll sometimes hear us say that an episode is a little bit different from the norm but this one really is, as we chat with the father of Bas de Leede, the Dutch all-rounder and one of the Vipers’ new recruits for season two. It’s no exaggeration to say that Tim de Leede is a Dutch cricketing legend. A batting all-rounder, he played in every match…
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It's time to catch up with another of the Desert Vipers' new recruits - batter Adam Hose. Vipers Voices spoke with Adam while he was in the UAE for the T10 tournament prior to heading off to Australia to play in the Big Bash League, and in a wide-ranging conversation he explained why he thinks red ball cricket has helped his white ball form, his ow…
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In this episode we speak with captain Colin Munro. With the DP World ILT20 only a month and a half away, it seemed like to perfect time to check in with the man who led the side so well in season one and is someone who, this year, has cemented his place as one of the leading T20 batters of all time by passing 10,000 runs in the format, an incredibl…
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In this episode we join Desert Vipers staff, some of the franchise's UAE-based players and some special guests for a trip into the local community in Dubai. The Desert Vipers put together the Viper Cup, an indoor tournament for eight teams at the U-Pro indoor cricket centre in Al Quoz, an industrial area of Dubai about 15 to 20 minutes drive from t…
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This is an episode with a difference as we focus on the Desert Vipers Schools Programme. The Desert Vipers staff are visiting as many schools as possible within the UAE, and the idea is designed to have multiple upsides. It is, first and foremost, a means to provide an introduction to cricket for children in the country which the franchise – and th…
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This episode is the second part of our two-part special with all-rounder Tom Curran. This time we’re switching our focus from looking back to looking forward as we chat with Tom about his plans, both before and after the upcoming DP World ILT20, which gets underway on January the 19th 2024. Tom also speaks about the Vipers’ new signings, including …
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This is a special episode because it’s the first of a two-part interview with all-rounder Tom Curran. Tom was one of the stars of season one for the Vipers, making telling contributions with bat, ball and in the field and he is back for another crack at the tournament in 2024. In this first part of our chat we talk about the inaugural ILT20 when th…
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In this episode we speak with Desert Vipers Director of Cricket Tom Moody for his reaction to the announcement of the fixtures for season two of the DP World ILT20. The Vipers are in action for the first time on the third day of the tournament, against the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in Dubai on Sunday January the 21st, and then face a run of 10 matche…
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This episode is a bumper edition. First up, we hear from the Desert Vipers latest recruits, left-arm spinning all-rounder Aryan Lakra and leg-spinner Karthik Meiyappan, with the duo chosen by the franchise during the UAE player draft. And then we check in with the Desert Vipers Sustainability Manager Ben Hardy-Jones to understand a bit more about w…
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This time we’re in analytical mode. In our previous podcast we revealed the news that leg-spinner Karthik Meiyappan and left-arm spinner Aryan Lakra were drafted by the Vipers for season two of the tournament and so we thought that as both players are slow bowlers then who better to give us the inside track on them than the team’s very own spin bow…
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It’s a special episode as we discuss the news that the Vipers have filled the last two slots for UAE players in their roster by picking up spin-bowling all-rounder Aryan Lakra and leg-spinner Karthik Meiyappan in the draft that took place on the morning of Friday October the 20th. The pair join forces with the two UAE players that the Vipers retain…
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This time we speak with UAE off-spinning all-rounder Rohan Mustafa. Rohan was retained by the Vipers, alongside another all-rounder Ali Naseer, and so he’s gearing up for season two very much with a spring in his step, looking forward to link up with plenty of familiar faces among the playing group, a handful of new signings and, of course, the coa…
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In this episode we speak with Vipers wicketkeeper-batter Azam Khan. Azam was due to join the Vipers for the first season but the necessary permissions didn’t come through so he and the Vipers have had to bide their time. Now all is in readiness for him to make his bow in the tournament and he can’t wait! In our chat Azam gives us a terrific insight…
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In this episode we speak with Vipers spin bowling coach Carl Crowe. Carl’s role is to work with the slow-bowling talent within the franchise and in a fascinating interview he allows a peak behind the curtain at how he goes about his job, including his interactions with Wanindu Hasaranga, the Sri Lanka wrist spinner who was one of the few slow bowle…
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This time we have an interview with Netherlands all-rounder Bas de Leede. Bas was with MI Emirates in season one of the DP World ILT20, but he has been snapped up by the Vipers for the second edition and arrives as one of the most exciting young talents in the game. Bas is in India for the ICC Cricket World Cup, having played a key role in helping …
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This time we have an interview with Vipers Head Coach James Foster. James is preparing to work with New Zealand at the Cricket World Cup in India in October and November but, ahead of that, he took the time to chat with us about his reflections on the first edition of the ILT20 when the Vipers finished as runners-up, as well as his work since then,…
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This time we speak with UAE all-rounder Ali Naseer who was one of the two local players retained by the Vipers from season one, alongside Rohan Mustafa. Since the inaugural DP World ILT20 tournament it’s been a whirlwind year for Ali as he’s made his One-Day International and Twenty20 International debuts for the UAE as well as captaining his natio…
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In this episode we speak with Desert Vipers seam bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, the former Pakistan all-rounder. Azhar is fresh off a stint with the Oval Invincibles in the Men's Hundred in the UK, where the side won that tournament for the first time - a side including Desert Vipers players Tom Curran and Gus Atkinson, as well as Vipers Director of …
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