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Cricket and human smuggling

John’s surreal broadcast from Lord’s

Cricket and human smuggling

On 11 June Professor John Salt broadcast from the commentary box at Lord’s Cricket Ground, where the annual Armed Forces T20 tournament was taking place. The tournament is a fiercely fought triangular competition between the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force senior XIs, and one of a few that provides the opportunity to watch 3 games of high quality Twenty20 cricket in one day.

John had been asked by the British Forces Broadcasting Service to come on one of their programmes (Sitrep), a weekly discussion about current affairs, to talk with a naval and a military historian about illegal migration and HMS Bulwark’s current role in the Mediterranean. Normally a studio programme, in this instance, because of the cricket, it was an outside broadcast from Lord’s.

Somewhat surreally, John found himself sitting in one of the media centre commentary boxes in front of a mike, looking out at the cricket being played below while trying to focus on why so many people are attempting to cross the Mediterranean, what’s going on in Syria and the Horn of Africa, and how the human smuggling business works.


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