Piyush Bajpayee is the Captain of the Latvian National Cricket Team since 2013. Latvian Cricket Federation was founded in 2005 and is now considered as one of the strongest contenders in Baltic Cup, proving their mettle against Estonia and Lithuania. Piyush, who is an opener bowler for the team. Since Latvia is not affiliated to ICC, they face major challenges, which hinders the growth of Cricket in the Community. Know more about Latvian Cricket in the Words of Piyush Bajpayee.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Piyush Bajpayee
Date of Birth: 2nd May 1986
Playing Role: Captain and striker Fast Bowler
Batting Style: Right Handed Batsman
Bowling Style: Opening Right arm Fast Bowler
Address: Brivibas iela, Riga, Latvia (Europe) and Amaltas Colony, Gwalior , M.P. India
Country: Latvia and India
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 the captain of the National Cricket Team of Latvia and would like to play more cricket in future.
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, since 1994, I am playing cricket. I am captain of National cricket team of Latvia. We play against different nations. Latvia is ICC recognized playing nation at some level.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
Team. National Cricket team of Latvia , registered as Latvian Cricket Federation. Founded in 2005.
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 Latvia, usually students play and local Indians and student's change the country after 2-3 years because of some reasons. So again we have to adjust with the team but thanks to senior players. They always motivate us and provide financial support. I can't mention all names but we can't continue our cricket without their contribution. First I would like to mention Mr. Sumit Chakravarty, he plays very well and he is our mentor, he is the key man of our cricket team. Sundar, Ritesh, Pradeep, Praveen, Samir Bhaiya are also the main members of our team who always supports the team. So we don't know where we will be after 4-5 years but hope for the best. Now Latvia is one of the best team among neighbouring nations.
6. Do your club/association have any website or Facebook page? Mention their links.
you can see my details in cricHQ websites also
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.
Since last 2 years, we are winning the Baltic cup .( Baltic nations :- Latvia , Estonia , Lithuania)
July 2013 and June 2014
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp?
India is my motherland , definitely I would like to come but wherever I will be , I would like to play cricket . Cricket is my soul.
Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
We have played against many countries /clubs like Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland , Norway club, UK clubs, Belgium.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Loosing good players is the main challenge. They leave Latvia after 2-3 years. Solution is that Local Latvian people should take part in cricket.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
Ground availability in centre of Riga, Latvia. Now we have to travel 70 km for playing cricket.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country.
Riga Cricket Club
Kiwibar Cricket Club
Turiba Cricket Club
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
Riga Cricket Club , because it is best club among all 3 and usually win matches against other clubs.