Brighton Watambwa is a former Zimbabwean National Cricket Player who played 6 test matches between 2001 - 2002. He then moved to USA and continued playing Cricket in Miami, Florida and is now living in Belgium. Brighton, a fast bowler is currently playing for Royal Brussels Cricket Club. In his 30 Years of Cricket career, Brighton has represented both Zimbabwe and Belgium at International Level. Last year he captained Belgian National Cricket Team and lead his team to ICC Europe Division 2 after winning Division 3.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Brighton Watambwa
Date of Birth: 9 June 1977
Playing Role: All rounder
Batting Style: Right hand
Bowling Style: Right arm fast-medium
Country: From Zimbabwe, Currently staying in Belgium.
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).
A cricket player & a cricket Fan.
Excerpts from an Interview with Brighton Watambwa from Belgium 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?
Yes – I’ve been playing for 30 years. Represented Zimbabwe and Belgium at international level.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I play for Royal Brussels Cricket Club (RBCC) in Belgium. This is the clubs Sesquicentennial anniversary. I currently work for Johnson & Johnson.
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?
We aim to still be the premier club with the best facilities in Belgium, welcoming both expats with knowledge of the game as well as Belgians new to the game and keen to learn.
6. Do your club/association have any website or Facebook page?
Yes, the club is on Facebook and the club website is http://www.rbcc.be/
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.
Captained Belgium at 2 ICC tournaments in 2014, leading promotion into ICC Europe Division 2 after winning Division 3. We finished 2nd in division 2 behind Norway.
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 enjoy travelling to different countries to play cricket. I have been to India twice for cricket, the first time to the Dennis Lillee MRF Pace Foundation in 2000 I think, and the 2nd time with the Zimbabwe team in what would be my final tests in 2002.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Building a base with local players is the biggest challenge in Belgium. Obviously it is not a Belgian sport as such and there is very little awareness. The Belgian Cricket Federation (BCF) are trying to promote cricket in schools and hopefully over the next generation things will gradually change. Curiously, many Belgians have told me they used to watch a fair bit of cricket when it was still on the BBC (as BBC is on the local cable channels) but as the BBC has not owned cricket rights in the UK for the last couple of decades or so the awareness in Belgium has significantly decreased.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
Awareness and exposure to the sport – eg. having it on TV.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country.
There are over 20 clubs in Belgium and a list can be found on the BCF website http://cricket-belgium.com/
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
I do not know some of the other clubs personally but I’m sure any clubs without a website would be happy to have one.
13. Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup?
Zimbabwe – pretty obvious why. But as we’ve been knocked out I am going for New Zealand because I like their aggressive play. I have a soft spot for South Africa as well so I’d like them win if the Kiwis do not. An SA/NZ final would be awesome. I do like India a lot as well but as they won the last one I’m not supporting them this year, though I’d prefer India to Australia.