Having watched a few clips of the 2019 Cricket World Cup final via BBC Online, it hit me why Channel 4’s coverage had been so good… it was because we didn’t have to listen to Jonathan Agnew’s excruciating tone and insight! Nor did we have to endure Graeme Swann. We were treated to nearly everybody else in a game of musical commentary chairs as some people popped in from Sky for short stints and they contributed to a great spectacle for television viewers.
We all have voices and minds that we prefer or dislike just like music, the movies and various other things in life. How Jonathan Agnew gets away with being the voice of cricket on BBC I have no idea. I can’t quite put my finger on one word to describe what it is about him but if he were the face of free to air television coverage then it wouldn’t help cricket appeal to young or any potential new fans.