13 episodes

Join pro-cricketer David Wiese for an insight into cricket’s biggest leagues previously reserved for the sport’s superstars. Hitman for Hire: A year in the life of a franchise cricketer invites listeners to join David as he travels the world from one T20 gig to another. In candid conversations with host, Sam Keir, David reveals the truth about life on and off the pitch at the Indian Premier League, Major League Cricket, The Hundred and other high-profile tournaments.

Discover which player was picked up in his Bentley while the rest of the squad waited for the team bus, which tournament to save your best performances for if you’re hoping for a big-money IPL deal, and what is fast replacing golf as the professional cricketer’s day-off activity of choice. Learn how abuse on social media is affecting players, how batters change their approach when qualification is no longer possible, and what cricket’s big names really think of the big issues impacting the game. 

Go behind the dressing room door with Hitman for Hire: A year in the life of a franchise cricketer.

Hitman for Hire: A year in the life of a franchise cricketer Sam Keir & David Wiese

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    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Join pro-cricketer David Wiese for an insight into cricket’s biggest leagues previously reserved for the sport’s superstars. Hitman for Hire: A year in the life of a franchise cricketer invites listeners to join David as he travels the world from one T20 gig to another. In candid conversations with host, Sam Keir, David reveals the truth about life on and off the pitch at the Indian Premier League, Major League Cricket, The Hundred and other high-profile tournaments.

Discover which player was picked up in his Bentley while the rest of the squad waited for the team bus, which tournament to save your best performances for if you’re hoping for a big-money IPL deal, and what is fast replacing golf as the professional cricketer’s day-off activity of choice. Learn how abuse on social media is affecting players, how batters change their approach when qualification is no longer possible, and what cricket’s big names really think of the big issues impacting the game. 

Go behind the dressing room door with Hitman for Hire: A year in the life of a franchise cricketer.

    Year in Review

    Year in Review

    It's the end of our twelve months in the company of our Hitman for Hire, so in this final episode of the series David looks back at the year as a whole and picks his highlights, lowlights and shares some more great stories from the circuit.
    Find out which of David's teams he thinks would win a round-robin tournament, which superstar is most unlike their on-field persona behind the scenes, the order in which David would rank the tournaments he's played in over the year, the teammate habit that drives him mad, his toughest opponent, which player he had to beg for kit after an airline lost his baggage and much, much more!
    COMING SOON: Bonus episode! David will be answering YOUR questions about the life of a franchise cricketer. Get in touch via the methods below.
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    • 58 min
    SA20

    SA20

    It's February 2024 and David opens up about a difficult time playing for Joburg Super Kings in the SA20, the final tournament of our year together. We learn how past performances count for nothing if you don't make a good first impression with a coach, how quickly pre-tournament assurances can disappear and how difficult it is to break into a starting XI once you've been left out. We examine the pros and cons of staying at home rather than in a team hotel, choosing between tournaments and the possible regrets, how the SA20 is reshaping cricket in South Africa and the latest craze to dominate days off during franchise tournaments.
    Also on the agenda: growing up with Faf du Plessis, two-hour commutes, the best play-off system to decide finalists, crowd catches, creating household names, 3rd XI Test teams, the evolution of dressing room culture, drinking brandy in Paarl and the secrets of the relay catch.
    David's stats from the tournament: https://www.espncricinfo.com/records/tournament/averages-batting-bowling-by-team/sa20-2023-24-15679?team=6987
    David does the hard work for a relay catch with Leus du Plooy: https://youtu.be/OHGcBSazhmY?si=qTWpL1oQN7q6r1RL&t=177
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Abu Dhabi T10

    Abu Dhabi T10

    It's December 2023 and David has just returned from the Abu Dhabi T10 where he was playing for losing finalists, Deccan Gladiators. Is T10 a format the players take seriously? Are we at 'peak franchise'? Who does this tournament exist for? Could T10 be the perfect format for growing the game globally? How do players protect themselves from corruption?
    Also on the agenda: hourly rates, the Rugby 7s of cricket, who is known as Mr. T10, why saving your best performances for the Abu Dhabi T10 could be a shrewd move, Indian players in leagues other than the IPL, Rashid Khan's aversion to T10, suspicious no balls and staying in shape over Christmas.
    David's stats from the tournament: https://www.espncricinfo.com/records/tournament/averages-batting-bowling-by-team/abu-dhabi-t10-2023-24-15945?team=6683
    David slams 20 from 11 balls in the final: https://youtu.be/FvSFI1Fqp5E?si=iZxIHE7thuVJX3Du&t=297
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    • 44 min
    T20 World Cup Qualifier

    T20 World Cup Qualifier

    It's late November 2023 and - away from the glitz and glamour of the big franchise leagues - David is representing Nambia in their bid to qualify for the 2024 T20 World Cup. We find out why a franchise cricketer earning big money still chooses to turn out for an adopted nation in relatively low-key qualifying tournaments, and explore the reality of life for those associate cricketers without David's profile. We also hear how David is coming to terms with not being retained for the 2024 IPL.
    Also on the agenda: the cutthroat nature of associate cricket, parents watching on from camping chairs, choosing Namibia over the riches of the Abu Dhabi T10, finding belonging in an otherwise transient existence, sharing rooms with teammates, being the big name player at a tournament, cricket vs. football in Africa, messages from the Namibian president and talk of the 2026 T20 World Cup terrifying David's wife!
    David's stats from the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier: https://www.espncricinfo.com/records/tournament/averages-batting-bowling-by-team/icc-men-s-t20-world-cup-africa-region-qualifier-2023-24-15904?team=28
    David's post match interview after Namibia secured qualification for the 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubj4R-JmNfo&t=59s
    COMING SOON: Bonus episode! David will be answering YOUR questions about the life of a franchise cricketer. Get in touch via the methods below.
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    • 51 min
    Hitman at Home

    Hitman at Home

    It's November 2023 and David is at home in Pretoria. After more than eight months of almost uninterrupted travel, he's finally had the chance to enjoy an extended spell at home. As well as exploring what a franchise cricketer gets up to when he's not at a tournament, the conversation digs deeper into David's relationship with the sport that has become his livelihood.
    Also on the agenda: not being recognised by your kids, the anxieties of unemployment, why loving the game can be bad for your career, ignoring the Cricket World Cup, relying on favours from the local team to stay in nick, a one-man mission to save the yorker, dismaying South African rugby fans, why you should keep your chats in the gym brief, hustling for the next gig and being your agent's 'small dog'.
    COMING SOON: Bonus episode! David will be answering YOUR questions about the life of a franchise cricketer. Get in touch via the methods below:
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    • 44 min
    The Hundred

    The Hundred

    COMING SOON: Bonus episode! David will be answering YOUR questions about the life of a franchise cricketer. Get in touch via the methods below.
    It's September 2023, and David has recently returned from playing for Northern Superchargers in English cricket's other short-form competition. The Hundred has provoked plenty of debate since its inception in 2021, so it was perhaps appropriate that - as well as looking back at his experience in the tournament itself - David gave a player's view on some of the issues surrounding the wider franchise game.
    On the agenda: how quickly the wheels can come off a campaign, the blame game, how players respond to a new format, building a team brand from scratch, quick maths in run chases, lifestyle vs. cash, friendly rivalry with the women's team, the dangers of a bad attitude, Hamilton in the West End, team BBQs, Tik Tok and the franchise bubble reaching bursting point.
    David smashes 54 off 25 balls in a thrilling win against Trent Rockets: https://youtu.be/XMBjYNoXBQI?si=SJBvABOG9k3wjLAn&t=257
    Handing out bucket hats to the kids of Leeds: https://youtube.com/shorts/tjWj9RHDsk4?si=IHpGKvNVG1YJ2EmS
    David's tournament stats: https://www.espncricinfo.com/records/tournament/averages-batting-bowling-by-team/the-hundred-men-s-competition-2023-15216?team=6676
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

HarryE96 ,

Great for cricket fans

So refreshing to hear what happens behind the scenes for a cricket player, including all the negatives that come with it as us fans can just see all the positives. Good format of the podcast that is well structured but still relaxed. Will miss this series when it finishes.

Windiesweep ,

Fascinating Insight

If you want a peek into the life of a busy professional cricketer, look no further! Excellent content, great edit. The dialogue is always interesting and candid. The quality of the sound is very good.
Highly recommended to any cricket fans from casual to proper badger!

Stokesy (not that one) ,

A must for cricket fans

A fascinating peak into the world of the modern cricketer. It is striking that David is uniquely placed to offer these insights, and does so with searing honesty. Brilliantly hosted in a way that allows the discussion to breathe. Amazing insights into both big picture questions about the future of cricket and the day-to-day life of a franchise cricketer. Highly recommended.

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