Colin Rika is a National Player of Fiji who has played international matches against Nigeria, Kuwait, Malaysia, Jersey, Tanzania and Hong Kong during 2008-2011. Currently he is a coach for Sarafui Cricket Club which is playing in Suva League Competition.
1. Tell us about you.
Full Name: Colin Darian Rika
Date of Birth: 19/12/1981
Playing Role: Batsman, Wicket Keeper
Batting Style: Right hand Batsman
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium Fast
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).
Currently a coach /player for Sarafui Cricket Club Playing in the Suva League Competition
Excerpts from an Interview with Colin Rika from Fiji by Vishal Yadav
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?
Have been playing cricket since 5 years old( so approximately 25 years). Have represented Provisional to International Level both in grades and senior.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
Sarafui Cricket Club Playing in the Suva League Competition. Not sure what years but most probably in the late 80’s to 90’s. Am currently working for a New Zealand Based Company called Sublime.
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?
Our team is a development focussed team, and looking to be recognised as top 4 clubs in the competition. Focusing on maintaining players from other sports interest and making the game reachable for them.
6. Do your club/association have any website or Facebook page? Mention their links.
Facebook – Sarafui Cricket
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.
Yes was coach of a number of boys in our under 19 who recently qualified for the World Cup. I was their national under 17 coach so I can say I was part of their development.
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)?
Yes, a dream that i would like to achieve, A coaching camp. Would like to do level 1 ,2 3 certificate
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Challenges are probably the lack of facilities. All 19 clubs in Suva share only 2 nets and two grounds so its a first come first serve process.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
We would need Grounds and indoor facilities.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country.
1. Suva Grammer Cricket Club
2. Veimataqali Cricket Club
3. Heilala Cricket Club
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
Heilala Cricket Club. Its a new club and it lacks funding but there are plenty interest.
13. Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup? And Why?
Australia and New Zealand because they are our neighbours and pacific Family. They both partnered with Fiji in terms of development and providing resources in terms of coaching and programs.