Gavin Beath is a Former National Cricket from Japan, who has represented the team from 2007 till 2011. And Currently he plays for Tokyo Wombats Cricket Club based in Tokyo, Japan. Apart from Cricket, Gavin works freelance as an Auditor and Translator. In the Interview, Gavin throws light on the potential that Japan Cricket holds in T20 Format and also the challenges that are holding back Cricket in Japan. Time and Money has always been a major challenge for Players, because it requires a lot of travelling in-order to reach to a Cricket ground in Japan. Other than that, inadequate support from governments plays a major hurdle. But amidst all the challenges, Gavin feels that Japan Cricket has the potential and with proper attention and monetary support, the game can spread easily and quickly.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Gavin Beath
Date of Birth: January 7, 1979
Playing Role: All rounder
Batting Style: Opening Batsman
Bowling Style: Medium pace
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 for Japan National Team (2007 to 2011) and Tokyo Wombats Cricket Club (2001 to current)
3. Are you playing cricket currently? Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
Currently, I play cricket for my club side “The Tokyo Wombats” (http://www.tokyowombats.com/). I have represented Japan at the national level.
4. Are you working anywhere currently, outside Cricket?
Yes, I work freelance as an auditor and translator.
5. Share your experiences of Working with Japan Cricket. When did you start working there?
Cricket players are not compensated in Japan. Players give their own free time and money to travel and play cricket for the love of the game.
6. How did you contribute to Japan Cricket?
Outside of being a former player for the Japan national team, I captain and help organize a club side called “The Tokyo Wombats”. The club side was originally an Australian dominated side but these days consists of ex-pat players from various countries around the world.
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.
I have not achieved anything of note. These days achievement for me is keeping the club side well organized and everyone happy.
8. Do you wish to continue contributing to Japan Cricket. If Yes, in what ways.
This will be my last year being involved in Japan cricket so I cannot continue to contribute to Japan cricket. Unfortunately, I will move to another area of Japan. Cricket will be the one thing I miss.
9. What were the challenges you faced while playing in Japan? If any, how did you overcome those challenges?
Challenges are yet to be overcome. From a player's perspective, challenges are time and money. The few proper cricket grounds (artificial wickets) in Japan are over 150km away from Tokyo and it takes over two hours to get there - sometimes over four hours if traffic is bad. It can cost over $100 per game because of travel expenses and match fees. From an administration perspective, the biggest challenge is probably lack of awareness about the game which makes sponsorship and co-operation from local governments very difficult. Japanese people are crazy about baseball and soccer and not much else. Rugby is moderately well known. I think there is potential in Twenty-20 cricket here if someone extremely rich was to take up the matter.
10. One thing that you feel should be done in order to take Japan Cricket to a next level.
At this stage, it needs someone with a lot of money and vision – and probably he or she needs to be a little bit crazy too.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
Tokyo Wombats Cricket Club (http://www.tokyowombats.com/)
Chiba Sharks Cricket Club (http://www.chibasharks.com/)
Wyverns Cricket Club (https://wyvernscricketclub.amebaownd.com/)
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
The three cricket clubs mentioned above because they are well run.