Janeiro Tucker is a Bermudian Cricketer, who captained Bermuda Cricket Team in their first ever ODI played at against Canada in 2006. Tucker has played ODI, First Class, List A and T20 matches representing Bermuda against teams like Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Uganda, U.S.A, Kenya and Afghanistan.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Janeiro John Tucker
Date of Birth: 15 March 1975
Playing Role: All-Rounder
Batting Style: Right-Handed Batsman
Bowling Style: Slow - Medium
Address: 6 Plumber Lane, Southampton SN 04
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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 currently a semi-professional cricket player and the current Cricket Chairman of a local sports club in Southampton, Bermuda. I am also a Level 2 Coach for the current cricket programme at my local club. But above all I am a loyal Cricket Enthusiast!
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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?
As a semi-professional cricket player and current Bermuda National Team Player, I have over 26 years of experience. I began my cricket career at the age of 14. Currently, Bermuda is an associate country and currently plays in Division IV. Bermuda’s cricket structure is quite similar to that of the West Indies (WI) and our current cricket format is separated into two divisions Premier & First Division. I play at the highest level which is Premier. All games are played during the cricket season which and is played in the 50 over format. Additionally, I have also played in promotional T20 matches during Bermuda’s world cup campaign, notably, the World Cricket Classic in 2006.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I am currently a Universal Telecommunications Technician with the Bermuda Telephone Company (BTC). I have been employed with BTC for the past 19 years. My local club team and only club team is Southampton Rangers Sports Club (SRSC) and was established in 1965. The only other team that I play for as a select player is during the annual Emancipation Celebration Cricket Tournament known as Cup Match. The select side I play for is Somerset and hosted by the Somerset Cricket Club.
For more information about Cup Match (holiday, cricket stats, team, history, etc) visit: - www.bermudacupmatch.com
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?
The SRSC has been one of Bermuda’s premier cricket teams since inception. The accolades and accomplishments over the past 50 years have been astonishing. The SRSC produces some if not Bermuda’s best cricketers. To date, we are the current Western County Division Champions a title that we can boast proudly of]. Equally, our predecessors paved a pathway for us to exceed expectations by laying a solid foundation as champions who won all cricket titles, tournaments and awards during the late 1960’s & early 1970’s.
Being an integral part of the club’s cricket development, it is my personal hope to open a cricket academy supported by the SRSC to continue with the legacy and on-going development of cricket. Ideally, the focus would be to start this cricket academy at the grassroots level with the hopes of expanding island-wide. Investing in the community through Bermuda’s youth is critical to the success and future of cricket in Bermuda.
6. Does your club/association have any website or FaceBook page? Mention their links.
At present we do not have an existing website, but we do have a FB page that is used for promotional purposes only.
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.
My most recent accomplishments in the history of Bermuda’s Cup Match Tournament is; as the first all-time Cup Match Player to:
- 2014 Safe Hands Award
- 2014 Most Successive Wins as Safe Hands Awards Recipient
- 2014 Highest recorded runs in Tournament (Cup Match) History
- 2014 Most Successive Terms as Tournament (Cup Match) MVP
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, permitting the timing. Any opportunity to further expand my cricket knowledge whether locally or internationally is definitely the best experience. Additionally, if I could choose outside of India, I would definitely consider (in this order) England, the WI, and Australia.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
As with any small country, there are always challenges and these challenges arrive from the club level, management, player, coaches, administration, etc. As a player from my perspective, cricket in Bermuda is becoming a dying sport. At the age of 40, I am in the twilight years of my career however, the growth of the sport lacks continuity and consistency from the would-be successive generations.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
Firstly, Bermuda is a unique country in size. Its population is roughly 65,000+. As stated in question #3, during Bermuda’s WC campaign, massive efforts were spent for the touring team to give them exposure. Giving that, sports is one of Bermuda’s primary forms of social entertainment, the 2006 World Cricket Classic provided both locals and overseas guests with an opportunity to see world-class cricket in action. It was a week-long of T20 matches played between the following countries: South Africa, Australia, West Indies, India, and Sri Lanka etc. The atmosphere was lively; direct and convenient for all making it a family friendly event. Events like this are a surge to the local economy and because cricket is one of Bermuda’s primary sports the excitement of touring world-class teams and players gives the extra boost.
Other considerations from the coaching/player/management level is to host coaching sessions, training academies from reputable cricket clubs and/or organizations to help advance former players and managers.
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?
Southampton Rangers Sports Club (SRSC)
Well firstly, it is my home club and any creating marketing initiative that can help give greater exposure to the club, but more importantly cricket is a good way to forge partnerships both locally and globally. Additionally, it could stand as the agent for change in how Bermuda liaises with the rest of the world from a competitive standpoint. Also, it would be a great opportunity to help rejuvenate the current cricket programme, by showcasing the club’s cricket history (past and present).
13. Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup? And Why?
The teams I choose to support during the World Cup are the West Indies and New Zealand. Bermuda has a long-standing relationship with the West Indies as a colonial island and our cultural similarities have always been an attraction. Additionally, the WI is the only ALL Black test team. My second team selection is New Zealand and I enjoy the tenacity of this team; the players and their competitive work ethic.