Francis Trevor Samura is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer at Sierra Leone Cricket Association. Francis did play Cricket in Schools and later played for Police Cricket Club, founded in 1942 which is one of the oldest Cricket Club in Sierra Leone. Francis envisions a positive growth for the Sierra Leone Cricket and wants to see the U19 team competing in the U19 ICC World Cup Qualifier's to be played in 2020. The senior National team had a great season last year in ICC Africa World Cricket league Division 3 tournament held in Benoni where they finished as runner-ups. In the Interview, Francis speaks about different challenges faced by the people in Sierra Leone and highlights the ways in which these challenges can be taken care of.
1. Tell us about You?
Name: Francis Trevor Samura
Date of Birth: 20-05-73
Gender : Male
Role: CEO - Sierra Leone Cricket Association
Batting Style: Left hand batsman
Bowling Style: Medium pace bowler
Address: Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa
Country: Sierra Leone
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).
Yes, I am an ICC Certified cricket level 2 coach.
Owner of the Mid-West cricket Club and currently working for the Sierra Leone cricket Association - SLCA as the chief Executive Officer- CEO, from 2012 to date, having previously served the SLCA as Assistant Secretary General from 2007-2012.
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?
No, currently I am not playing cricket.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I played schools cricket, and played for the Police cricket club, Sierra Leone’s most successful cricket club and rose to the rank of vice captain. The club was founded in 1942. I am currently working for the Sierra Leone Cricket Association as chief Executive officer.
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 see ourselves to be playing Global World cricket league and U19 qualifiers for the ICC U19 cricket world cup 2020, improve on the playing facilities at home, increase grass roots involvement and participation and a more competitive leagues at junior, intermediate and senior levels all within the next five years.
6. Do your club/association have any website or Facebook page? Mention their links.
Yes, the Sierra Leone cricket Association has a face book page: https://www.facebook.com/SierraLeoneCricketAssociation?fref=ts
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.
The Sierra Leone senior national cricket team participated in the ICC Africa World Cricket league Division 3 tournament held in Benoni, republic of South Africa from march 22nd – 27th March, 2014 and finished as runners-up with silver medals on Nett run rate difference with Swaziland, the champions.
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 like to visit India with the Sierra Leone cricket U19 Team or the Senior Team or with at least Six (6) cricket players to undergo elite cricket training camp that will train our bowlers and batters how to play to spin bowling, how to bowl specialized spin bowling, in swings and away swings bowling and improve on the batting skills and techniques of our players. I would also like to visit Australia and England if possible, undergo ICC, Australia or England & Wales Cricket Board Level 2 and 3 cricket coaching courses, watch cricket league matches and attend Umpire seminars.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
The current Challenges facing the Sierra Leone Cricket Association-SLCA are, Standard Cricket playing grounds with turf wickets, grass outfields, standard cricket practicing nets, and indoor facilities. Also another challenge of the SLCA is that we lack high performance cricket coaches. The only ways I feel we can overcome such challenges are to source funds abroad to construct state of the art cricket playing grounds with turf wickets, grass outfields, training nets, indoors and a standard cricket academy. The SLCA through the Government of Sierra Leone has secured over (30) acters of land at SUSSEX- Banga Farm in the Freetown Peninsular for the construction of the above cricket facilities, do the same at the Prince of Wales School Cricket ground at kingtom and the Mokonde cricket Ground at the Njala Town, University of Sierra Leone, Moyamba District, Southern Sierra Leone. Send our current cricket level 2 coaches for refreshers courses and undergo cricket level 3 coaching course in India. By the time all these three grounds are constructed to international standard, the SLCA will be in a position to be hosting international cricket tournaments and also attract more players into the game, improved playing standards of our players.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
Equipment and grounds.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
1. Mid-West Cricket Club
2. Police Cricket Club
3. RSLAF Cricket club
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
Yes, I nominate the Sierra Leone Cricket Association- SLCA and the Mid-West Cricket Club for a free Website from Global Cricket Community
Brief history of Sierra Leone Cricket
Cricket was brought to Sierra Leone as far back as 1898 by a British Artillery Regiment. Since then, cricket has been playing in all four corners of Sierra Leone both in schools, colleges and communities. The SLCA was founded in 1942 and has since been playing international cricket tournaments first against the Gambia in 1935, later joined by Nigeria and Ghana that formed the West Africa Cricket conference (WACC) of which Sierra Leone was a founding member which was later transformed into North- West Africa cricket Conference NWACC with a membership of seven (7) Nigeria, Sierra, Ghana, the Gambia, Cameroun, Mali and Morocco. Sierra Leone is a member of the Africa Cricket Association- ACA and an Affiliate member of the ICC.
Cricket is the most successful sport in Sierra Leone and its current structure is a Board of directors headed by a chairman responsible for control, administering the executive by providing strategic cricket development policies, programmes and set the goals for the executive to implement and meet the goals set out by the Board and the Executive management committee headed by the Chief Executive officer CEO responsible for the day to day operations of cricket activities. The Board is been constituted through by the full membership clubs of the SLCA and the Executive members been directly elected by the Associates and full membership clubs of the SLCA. The ultimate aim of the SLCA today is providing conducive cricket playing atmosphere for cricketers Countrywide by constructing all available grounds shown above from the current states they are, to a well grassed out fields, turf pitches and practicing nets, improve the capacity of our current coaching staff to an high tech trained to win coaches and become an Associate members of the ICC through an improved standard of cricket playing by all Sierra Leone’s national cricket representative sides, improve on the generation of none ICC income for the sustenance of the game of cricket, improve the grassroots cricket involvement and overall participation.
I look forward to the global Cricket community’s help in ensuring that, Sierra Leone realizes the successful implementation of its dreams and serve as a bridge between international cricket development partners and the Sierra Leone Cricket association-SLCA. There is absolutely huge cricket development potentials in sierra Leone considering its history, background and culture.