Charvi Bhatt is the Captain of UAE Women's National Team. Charvi is currently playing for Finchley Cricket Clubs Women's Team and is also a Level-1 Certified Coach. She led her team to victory in 1st Gulf Cup Championship hosted by Oman last year. Charvi envisions herself playing at the World Cup Level and against bigger teams. Global Cricket Community wishes you all the best for your future endeavours.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Charvi Ajay Bhatt
Playing Role: Captain of the UAE Women’s Team
Club Name: Finchley Cricket Club’s Women’s team in London.
Batting style: Top order right hand bat
Bowling style: Leg-Break
Address: P.O. Box 27671, Dubai UAE
Excerpts from an Interview with Charvi Bhatt from UAE 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).
At present, I am located in London as I am pursuing my masters degree. I am currently playing for Finchley Cricket Club’s Women’s team and will also be doing some part time coaching at the club. I’m also a level-1 qualified coach, and will soon be doing my level-2. I have represented UAE as Captain since 2008, and in December 2014 I was the Captain of the winning UAE team in the 1st Gulf Cup hosted by Oman.
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 am currently playing cricket as mentioned above, for the Finchley Cricket Club here in London. I have been playing cricket professional since 2007, and I have represented the UAE Women’s team as a Captain since 2008.
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 Finchley Cricket Club currently and also for the UAE women’s team whenever there are matches. The Finchley Cricket Club was founded in 1832. But I have been playing for them since last year. I’m working at Finchley Cricket Club, as a coach for girls/ women of various age groups.
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?
In terms of the UAE Women’s team I see myself and the team progress to the world cup level, and play the bigger teams. As a player and a team, I would like the focus to be on playing long over games, and also improvise further on the skills of the team and players. And also, try and get more girls interested to play the sport.
6. Do your club/association have any website or facebook page? Mention their links.
The club I play for in London, here is the link: http://www.finchleycricket.co.uk/Finchley_CC/Finchley_CC.html
You can see UAE’s profile here: http://asiancricket.org/index.php/members/uae
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.
UAE Women’s played in the very 1st T20 Gulf Cup hosted by Oman, which the UAE won. The tournament was held from 15th Dec. 2014 to 19th Dec. 2014. Part of this tournament also were Kuwait (Runner’s-up), Oman (3rd Place), and Qatar (4th Place).
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, I would be interested in coming to India, or Australia, or any other country, either to play tournaments or coaching camps which would help me further improve my game.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
In UAE in particular, there is not much awareness that has been created in terms of the game. There is certain framework that should be put in place, at the school level, which would allow more girls to participate. Some ways in which perhaps these challenges can be addressed are:
- Having a few girls/ women only dedicated clubs, which would also employ good qualified women coaches. Keeping in mind the culture of the country, parents of young girls would prefer women coaches.
- Having small tournaments at the school level, would increase participation.
- Motivational incentives, such as prize money, or coaching camp’s in different countries.
- Some people fail to understand the importance of the international level, by creating awareness and involving parents, this could help also increase participation.
- Try and bring in more sponsor’s, mainly on the individual basis, a company can sponsor equipment & clothing for a player. (This can be a big motivation - the feeling of being exclusive)
- Provide more matches every week, this can help put the learnt skills in practice.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
A team of qualified coaches, who are willing to run a month long campaign, to create a massive awareness, which would lead in creating a women’s cricket governing body in the Emirates Cricket Board.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs
Sharjah Cricket Club
G - Force cricket academy