Ever wondered what is it like playing Cricket on a plateau which is at a height of almost 3,500m above the sea level? Vimal Menon, has been there, done that!
Vimal Menon is currently playing Cricket with a team of expats at La Paz, City in Bolivia. Since the city is resting on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau, one can witness the snow-capped, 6,438m-high Mt. Illimani as its backdrop. At such an extreme height, air starts losing the oxygen level and the mighty team - Condors prepares themselves for a Cricket Match. In a Football freak country, it becomes difficult to attract the locals to the game. But the Team Condors has managed to attract 8 locals (Bolivians) in their team of 12 Members. The team was also featured in the magazine as "The World's High Altitude Cricket Team." The team has been invited to Chile for a Cricket Tournament. Know more about this exciting team and their exciting journey.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Vimal Menon
Date of Birth: 18/09/1975
Playing Role: Right Hand Batsman
Batting Style: Aggressive, strong on Leg side
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium Fast, Opening Bowler
Address: La Paz
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).
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?
I have been playing cricket for over 20 years, currently I play with a team of expats at La Paz, Bolivia.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
Our team in Bolivia is not officially a club. But I guess we can call ourselves Condor after the Andean Condor that comes from our region. 2 years ago. I own my own software consulting firm.
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?
Our team is full of expats who normally are here for a short stay in the country. But if we get the correct support in form of equipment etc. we will be big. We already have an invitation from a Chilean team to play an International game with them.
6. Do your club/association have any website or Facebook page? Mention their links.
We were featured in DXT magazine as the World's High altitude cricket team. Our Facebook has some more pictures: https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Paz-Bolivia-High-Altitude-Cricket/175886225884432
7. 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)?
India is a dream come true but I do not think without a sponsorship the team can travel. We do wish to play in Chile and other south american countries.
8. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
No kit and Lack of grounds to play at La paz owing to the altitude and being football crazy country.
9. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
Equipment and sponsorship.
10. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
None just us.
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
We are the only one.
Bolivian Cricket featured in DXT magazine as the World's High altitude cricket team
Team Players - Condors (Bolivia)
1. Aruna Amrithanayagam (right hand opening bat, right hand leg spin)
2. Jack Duncan (Right hand opening bat, Right hand off spin)
3. Thomas (Tom) Lynch (Right hand batsman, Right hand fast medium first change)
4. Cesar Caro (Left hand bat, 1 down, right arm off spin)
5. Somnath Naha (right hand bat, right arm medium pace)
6. Vimal Menon (right hand bat, Right arm fast medium , Opening bowler)
7. David Auty (Right hand bat)
8. Alistair Mathew (Right hand bat)
9. Chris wall (Right hand bat)
10. Tito Armando (Right hand Bat)
11. Philip Whithers (Right hand bat)
12. Ahilan Amrithanayagam (Right hand bat , Right hand off spin/ medium pace)
Media Releases - Cricket in La Paz
Cricket in La paz - PLAY IN PEACE "The Cricket speaks very superior to those languages spoken by politicians" --Nelson Mandela Former President of South Africa Since last 2 years there is a small movement of Cricket in the city of La Paz where they meet monthly few foreigners who live in the city, most local people also come to learn and practice the sport. Playing at an altitude of 3600 mts above sea level has its toll. Low oxygen, no swing make the ball come hard and fast. It also is a batters paradise as when hit it stays hit. Owing to the extreme weather changes, when you do get the thick cloud cover provided by the Andean Altiplano, the opening bowlers are at their best, moving the bowl in the air and off the pitch. A batters night mare to here the swish of the ball. Hard ground makes it bouncier. For spinners the work is hard and every spinner in la paz has to be credited for every wicket they take owing to the hard work. over all a fun filled moment. Only the fittest survive.