Jakob Wayne Robertson, originally from Australia is now playing with Kópavogur Cricket Club, the only Cricket Club in Iceland. Kópavogur Cricket Club was formed in September 2014 with an intention of spreading Cricket in Iceland. Jakob, who is now a treasurer at Iceland Cricket speaks about the challenges his team faced in the initial stages. Jakob envisions a tremendous growth for his team in coming 5 years.
1. Tell us about you.
Full Name: Jakob Wayne Víkingur Robertson
Date of Birth: 13th June 1989
Playing Role: Opening batsman /middle order batsman
Batting Style: Left hand aggressive Batsman
Bowling Style: Left arm medium pace
Address: Frostafold 12, Reykjavik
Excerpts from an Interview with Jakob Wayne Robertson from Iceland by Vishal Yadav
2. 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 am first and foremost a cricket player and admirer of the sport. At our training sessions I try and give helpful advice to those that are new to the sport and try to keep things light. I am currently part of the board of directors and hold the position of the treasurer.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
Currently I am training with the Kópavogur Cricket Club in Iceland twice a week. It is indoors on astro turf but in summer we will start to train outside. I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and played cricket religiously until the age of 12. When I moved to Iceland, Cricket did not exist and it was not until the summer of 2014 that I started playing with the guys here in Iceland. Most of the players in our team have considerable experience but (like me) are a bit rusty with certain aspects. We help each other to improve, which is very important.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
As of now we only have one team in Iceland, the Kópavogur Cricket Club. It was unofficially founded around September last year(2014). Currently I am studying forest science and ecology management at the university and I also work at the indoor climbing gym here in Reykjavík. My mind is however constantly occupied with cricket.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
Two years ago I would not have dreamed to think that I would be playing cricket in Iceland. Now we have a full team that trains twice a week and have lined up games for the summer. In 5 years’ time I hope we can procure some long term training facilities and increase the number of teams so we can have national competitions. The main focus for us at the moment should be to play as much cricket as possible, hone our fundamental skills and enjoy ourselves. Cricket is so much fun and the better you become the more exciting it becomes.
6. Do your club/association have any website or Facebook page? Mention their links.
We have a Facebook page called “Iceland Cricket Team”. https://www.facebook.com/icelandcricketteam
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
Organizing the indoor training sessions has been crucial in the development of cricket in Iceland. Never before has cricket been played here in Iceland to such a degree. We have plenty of teams lined up to visit us in summer and in September we will be participating in the Pepsi Cup in Prague.
8. 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 cherish the opportunity to visit India for training and anywhere else for that matter. So long as the destination is warmer than Iceland.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Obviously the weather is a big obstacle here in Iceland. It is very difficult to predict when it will rain and because of our long winters and short summers we only have a few months to play outdoors. The indoor training facilities we are currently using are not very practical for cricket as it is designed for football and the balls often get stuck in the roof, never to be seen again. Our team is very new and we are still in the process of finding out the most efficient ways of training for our circumstances. We have found a ground that is large enough to host games in summer (providing the weather allows), but getting approvals from the municipality has been slow going.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
I believe if we could create some batting nets and obtain a bowling machine it would greatly improve the quality of our team and definitely lure newcomers. We also lack gear and any proper form of coaching.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
Any help we can get from assisting organizations and clubs is greatly appreciated. Our club is doing its best to establish itself but everything takes time and money. A website is something we need to concrete our presence here and to be taken seriously.
13. Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup? And Why?
I grew up watching the likes of Gilchrist, Warne, Mcgrath and Symonds. Cricket is huge back in Australia and I became very nationalistic when it comes to sports. If they are not playing however, I will support the West Indies or Sri Lanka.