Shazan Reeza, a middle order batsman who was born and brought up in Sri Lanka moved to England and is currently playing cricket for Littleborough Cricket Club. His represented England Team in the field while Chris Schoefield asked him to replace him in the team for the last 10 over’s, and that is what Shazan considers as the proudest moment of his life. He also recalls the best moments which was playing with Matthew Hoggard, Steve Harmison, Chris Schoefield, Malcom Marshal, Darren Maddy, Paul Nixon, and some other former English players. Let us know more about him.
Full Name: Shazan Reeza
Date Of Birth: 14/07/1992
Age: 22 Years
Playing Role: Opening Batsman/Middle Order Batsman
Batting Style: Right-Hand Batsman
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium
Address: Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Country: Sri Lanka
1) At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else)?
I started playing cricket when I was 14 for Gateway College in Kandy, Sri Lanka and since I moved to the UK I've been playing cricket for Littleborough Cricket Club, I've played a lot of club cricket so far for the 2nd team for our club, proudly I made my 1st team debut last summer where I was opening the batting and I got the chance to bat with Chris Schoefield who played for England.
2) Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded?
As I have mentioned above, yes I play for Littleborough Cricket Club based in Rochdale, found 1839.
Clinton Perren from Australia has been the pro for many years, Joel Garner and Sir Garfield Sobers has also been the pro back in the ages. I have played under Chris Schoefield who represented England when I played for the 1st team last summer.
3) Where do you see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
I see myself playing at least for the 1st team for my club or my goal would want to be a county cricketer, for that I need to concentrate a lot on training at least 2 days a week which I have been doing lately by booking training sessions at Lancashire CCC and improve my technique against seam bowling, Foot movements, Head positions, timing, batting in general, I know my weaknesses when it comes to batting so I will focus on where I would want to improve.
So mainly I would want to improve my front foot drives and my head position because I know if that's right my technique would be perfect. The other part is I have to have to good mindset while I'm at the crease, so I’m also concentrating on my mentality, because I feel if my mindset is good then the runs will just start to flow off my bat.
4) What are you and your team doing in order to promote cricket as a game and involve many people?
This was the biggest day of my life; it was our club's 175th anniversary. What else other than playing against England?
The team included, Matthew Hoggard, Steve Harmison, Chris Schoefield, Malcom Marshal, Darren Maddy, Paul Nixon, and some other former English players. This was one big day for our club to celebrate the 175th anniversary, this happened last summer, August 15th 2014. As expected there was a big crowd who came in to watch the game, and that was the first time I played in front of such a big crowd. I didn't get a chance to bat, but I did bowl and surprisingly I picked up 2 wickets, who were Darren Maddy and Steve Harmison.
5) Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organising a cricket camp)
I received an award for the best fielder for the 2nd team; I feel that was one of the best achievements because there were 2 or 3 other best fielders in the team, so I am very proud about myself for achieving that. The other achievement is when I played against England as mentioned above, I also represented the England Team in the field while Chris Schoefield asked me to replace him in the team for the last 10 over’s, and that was actually the most proudest moment in my life.
I was standing at cover point, Matthew Hoggard at extra cover, Steve Harmison at mid off, and Paul Nixon was the keeper. I'll cherish that all my life and will never forget that day. (15th August 2014)!
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)?
I would love to come to India, be it a tournament or a coaching camp, that would be amazing and a very good experience for me. The other country that I would love to travel is Australia, because I've got some friends who are playing cricket over there, so would love to play with/against them.
7) What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
As far as challenges are concerned I think it’s only about the competition for places in the team, this is only shown by performances in matches and practice in nets. To overcome these challenges I will need to keep practicing and improve my technique and being able to adapt to different situations while I'm at the crease. My challenge for the next season would be becoming a regular member of the first team which is going to be very tough, because there are many challenges and competitions for next season.
8) One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
Entertainment, like more T20 matches, I've come across a lot of people when they say cricket is boring and I say it’s not. If you understand the game it's very interesting! They say test matches are very boring whereas for me Test matches are my favourite; I can sit in front of the T.V and watch 90 over’s a day. I've seen a lot of crowds who came to watch the NatWest blast t20 games. You don't really get those crowds on 4 days games or even 50 over’s. That's sad.
9) Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup? And Why?
Sri Lanka! It will always be Sri Lanka, I just love the team so much and my favourite batsmen is Mahela Jayawardene and I also love to watch Sangakkara batting, I've been watching and supporting the Sri Lankan team since I started watching cricket and that was more than 10 years ago. Watching them gradually I learned about cricket and that's when I started to play cricket as well. However I would also want to say that the 2nd team I support is England, I've been following there matches since I came to UK, and I have started supporting them.