George Greywoode is the Gambian National Cricket Team player and also serves in the board. George made his debut for the National Team in 1998. He is also the Captain of his own club named Wallidan Cricket Club, formed in 2006. George and his teams focus is to groom new players from Gambia, who could continue and help Gambia regain the position in International Cricket. In the Interview, George highlights some of the challenges faced in Gambian Cricket and also one of his achievements associated with North West Africa Cricket league. Global Cricket Community appreciate George's effort and would like to wish him all the best for future endeavours.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: George Greywoode
Date of Birth: 19th September 1980
Playing Role: All-Rounder
Batting Style: Right hand batsman
Bowling Style: Right arm medium pace bowler
Address: Kanifing Housing Estate
Country: The Gambia
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).
Presently I am not involved in coaching but I play cricket actively and also serve in the board. I takes part in the Sunday games against the Indian Community in The Gambia, and in the domestic league.
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 am still actively playing at both club and national levels with numerous international exposure. I played in the traditional quadrangular tournament for West Africa, the North-West Africa Tournament, and the ICC World division 2 league for Africa.
I made my national team debut in 1998 when we played the Leborne Cricket Club a visiting team from England and have been a regular in the senior team since.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
Yes I do. I am the captain of my club Wallidan Cricket Club which was formed in 2006. I currently work for QuantumNET Co. Ltd. www.qanet.gm as the Sales and Marketing Manager.
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?
For the coming five years, our focus is to groom new players because most of our players have travelled or stop playing. I believe that is the only way we can regain our spot as the top cricket club in the Gambia.
6. Do your club/association have any website or facebook page? Mention their links.
No we do not have any website or facebook page for both club and national association.
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 was part of the team that trashed Sierra Leone for the first time in 2004 after 25+ years. To this day I am the only player to hit a back to back century for the national team, an achievement I got in the now defunct North West Africa Cricket league in 2006.
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)?
Coming to India will be a dream come true for me as it will avail me the opportunity to develop myself. I will definitely appreciate a coaching camp.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
The decrease in player pool. The only way to overcome this is to be more aggressive with our grass root development and I must commend the Gambia Cricket Association and coaches for the progress achieved so far. Lack of modern Equipment, I believe players should be introduced to modern day equipment to better off ourselves. Lastly, like every other African country (West Africa especially) support from Government and private institutions. The only way to overcome this I think is to engage them in our activities.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
Jewel of India
Saint Augustine Cricket Club
Brikama Cricket Club
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
My pick will be Brikama Cricket Club but since the association does not have one, I will nominate the Gambia Cricket Association.