Tushar Gupta is a Captain of the Mexican National Cricket Team. Tushar is also serving as Treasurer of the Mexico Cricket Association. Tushar started playing Cricket at a very early age of 4. He was born in India and grew up playing street Cricket. Tushar represented his School and College Cricket Teams. And today he is a proud Captain of the Mexican National Cricket Team, which is current South American Champion. Tushar and his team also conduct events, so as to promote Cricket and involve the locals with the game.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Tushar Gupta
Date of Birth: Sep 21, 1975
Playing Role: All rounder
Batting Style: Middle order (although I have batted from number 1 to number 11 during my stay in mexico, depending upon the needs)
Bowling Style: 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).
Player. I am the captain of the Mexico national team. I also captain one of the teams (Aztecs cricket club) in our national league.
I also am the Treasurer of the Mexico Cricket Association.
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 play currently. I started when I was like 4 or so in India. However in India it was mainly street cricket. I played in my school and college. In Mexico, I have played proper league system and also international cricket as ICC affiliates.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I captain a local club in Mexico named Aztecs Cricket Club. I also am the captain of the Mexican national team. I am based in Mexico.
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?
Mexico is looking to grow cricket and get more locals involved. Youth and Ladies cricket is our main focus for the coming 3-5 years.
6. Do your club/association have any website or facebook page? Mention their links.
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?
Mexico is the current South American Champion. we won this in Peru in April 2014. We were the special invitee for this and the trophy is still in my living room. We would defend this in Chile later October this year. The teams that played in Peru were Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Peru and Argentina.
There have been many in local league but I believe the one mentioned above is the top one so far.
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)?
We have already travelled to USA, Costa Rica, Brazil, Panama, El Salvador, Belize, Peru.
We are always open to play at different level and different countries. However we are not professionals so money and work schedule become a factor.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Cricket is not a big thing in Mexico, football is. We have involved Mexicans in our league but still we need to have more locals involved. We have been holding events to increase the popularity of cricket in Mexico.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
Advertising and Social events.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
Aztecs Cricket Club
Mexico City Cricket Club
Reforma Cricket Club
Our season is going to end soon so there may be changes in the composition of the team, but you can contact me until we finalise those things in the next couple of months.
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
I would suggest our national association. This is the best way to increase popularity of cricket.