Tanwir Afzal is the Captain of Hong Kong National Cricket Team. He started playing Cricket when he was 12 from Bajwa Cricket Club based in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He late joined Diamond Cricket Club as he grew older. He was par of U19 National Cricket Team of Pakistan. His dedication and Cricket spirit brought him to Hong Kong and over the years he developed a lot in his game. In the recently concluded ICC WorldT20 Qualifiers 2015, Tanwir had an opportunity to represent the National side. Hong Kong did exceptionally well throughout the tournament, which landed them a place in Top 16 of the tournament. Hong Kong will be coming India next year to participate in ICC T20 World Cup.
1. Tell us about you?
Name: Tanwir Afzal
Date of Birth: 12/06/1988
Role: All rounder
Batting Style: Right handed Batsman
Bowling Style: Right arm fast medium bowler
Country: Hong Kong
2. Being a Cricket Player, who was your role model?
3. Since how long are you playing cricket? Tell us about your motivation that brought you into Cricket.
I started playing cricket from (2000-2001). I was a big fan of cricket as our country culture. I felt very proud when I heard good words from my class mate and friends that I can become a good cricketer. That motivation brought me into cricket. Obviously great bowler's like Waseem Akram and Waqar Younis were great motivation for me as well.
4. Which club did you play for in the Initial years? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I started playing Cricket from Bajwa Cricket Club, Rawalpindi (Mohammad Amir fast bowler is one of my club mate) and after six or seven year I started playing for Diamond Cricket Club, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Currently I am Hong Kong National Player and playing for Pakistan Association of Hong Kong from 2008 till today.
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?
I am National Team Captain and I have good relationship with the players in the field and out of the field. They really like my leadership style. They can see me as good leader who lead team from the front. I am really working hard on my bowling and bating skills and off course fielding as well.
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
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)?
I love to play cricket in India and I am aiming at IPL.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
We are facing very less cricket facilities like only four ground in Hong Kong and they all very small. And off course, Chinese people don't have any interest in this game but slowly slowly Hong Kong Cricket Association doing a lot of hard work to bring them into this game and condition is a lot better now. We need more sponsor for the game.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
I guess if TV channels cover this game as much as they can it's really good and will surely help in the involvement of local people.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
1. Pakistan Association of Hong Kong Cricket Club
2. Kowloon cricket club
3. Hong Kong Cricket Club
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
Pakistan Association of Hong Kong. Because really it's an active club in Hong Kong to promote cricket almost 5 current national players have played for this Club. I am one of them.