Andrew Brian Murgatroyd is an all rounder cricket player from El Salvador, a country in Central America. Andrew is currently playing for Mayans Cricket Club and wishes to continue coaching cricket players from El Salvador.
Excerpts from an Interview with Andrew Brian Murgatroyd from El Salvador by Vishal Yadav
1. Currently where are you playing cricket? El Salvador
Since how long are you playing cricket? since boyhood [occasionally] late 20’s [regularly]
What level of cricket have you played so far? local league & international, which someone who should know described as ‘ U.K. pub grade cricket’ but we’re working on improving that.
2. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where you working now?
I play for Mayans cricket club, which was founded 4 years ago, at the beginning of our season 6.
We have played around quite a lot with the format of our leagues, and even the precise rules we play under. One of our challenges is the big difference in ability between the newcomers and the old hands – and how to fit them all into the same game and get everyone to enjoy their time playing. Currently we have 2 leagues. A ‘friendly’ league of 6 aside called the championship = this has 4 teams, and a more competitive league of 11 aside called the premiership – this has 2 teams: Mayans & Warriors.
3. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? I hope to be mainly coaching my team and playing occasionally when needed. I hope my team will be champions of an expanded premiership league.
Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket? Getting older, so looking to work the easy singles more and big shots less.
4. What are you and your team doing in order to promote cricket as a game and involve many people.
Word of mouth mainly – though as a league we have made up some of our own rules to accommodate new players [ e.g. wide are awarded 2 runs but not rebowled, retire at 30 runs do experienced players don’t dominate too much, 3 players identified by the opposition captain can bat twice – to give new comers a better chance ..Etc]
5. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (it could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp).
We have just finished creating a coach-the-coaches course and the local Olympic committee has agreed to co-sign the certificate we award at the end. We are in negotiations with two local schools to run the course with their staff.
We are also rather proud of the fact that our national team always has at least 6 homegrown players in the starting xi
6. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp? or do you want to travel any other country( if yes, please mention the name)?
We would love to, but we are a tiny federation on a very limited budget, we could never afford it.
7. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? Resources. We need our own field and at least one paid employee who can go to schools and promote the sport. Currently we play on a pitch dedicated to football and rely on volunteers who have their own employment commitments.
If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Difficult, we just carry on doing the best we can. No real solution yet.
8. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
Can’t really identify one thing - unless its capital.
We would spend on promotion [so more people know about us], our own field [so we can accommodate the extra number] & staff [so we can train and develop those that come]
9. Tell in brief (one paragraph). Which country are you supporting this world cup? And why?
Zimbabwe – that’s my people!
I am a Zimbabwean who has been living in El Salvador for the last 10 years. My wife and child are Salvadorian but I am Zimbabwean. I don’t think we have a chance to win but always support the team and am looking forward to see if Brendan Taylor can perform well enough to convince his i.p.l team to actually give him a chance to bat next season & if prosper utseya can bounce back from his bowling ban – he has been bowling well recently with his new actions but against weak opposition