Jeremy Paul Bray was born in Australia and represented New South Wales and Australia U19s. He was Player of the Tournament in the 1992-93 Australian Under-19 Cricket Championships in Brisbane. He later represented Ireland National Cricket side from 2006 to 2010. He quit international cricket in 2010 at the age of 36, saying he wasn't confident of maintaining his fitness. And now Jeremy is the National Coach of Denmark and is preparing the National Squad for tournaments. Jeremy wants to see the Danish side playing in Division 2 of the ICC World Cricket League in the coming years. Poor playing conditions, non turf wickets and long grasses acts as a hindrance to the Cricket Development Process. Still, Jeremy is working and putting all his efforts, enjoying his Second Innings of Cricket Life. Jeremy, you are in a true sense a Cricket Fan, a Cricket Person and Global Cricket Community would like to thank you for all your contributions.
1. Tell us about yourself?
Full Name: Jeremy Paul Bray
Date of Birth: 30/11/73
Role: Opening bat
Batting Style: Left hand
Bowling Style: Medium slow Right hand
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 national coach of Denmark and my role is to coach and prepare the national squad for tournaments. Also I am a coach at the Academy in Viborg.
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 no longer play as I am a full time coach. I have played since I was 12 years of age. I have represented In Australia N.S.W at u/19/21/2nd11 and senior side. Represented Australia u/19. Represented Ireland national side for 6 years.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
Clubs in Australia Petersham marrickville, St George in Sydney. Camberwell magpies in Melbourne and Joondalup in Perth. Ireland I have played for Pheonix,Clontarf, Eglington, CIYMS, The Hills and YMCA .
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?
5 years time I would like to see the Danish National side in Division 2 of the ICC cricket world league. As for myself as coach, so long as I am coaching and enjoying myself that's what matters.
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.
Recent achievements would be seeing the Danish national side start to play a very positive brand of cricket. Leading aggregate run scoring side in the Division 4 ICC tournament in Singapore 2015 .
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 would love to bring a side over to tour India. India is cricket mad and I haven't been to India so that would be a goal of mine.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
The challenges in Denmark would be the lack of participation,the poor playing conditions. Non turf wickets and long grass make for not attractive cricket and difficult to improve players abilities. The board have to play the main role in changing this as the players want these changes so the board and the clubs have to implement and follow up.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
One thing we instantly need would be improved playing facilities which would have a massive impact in the improvements of our players.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country.
Herning cricket club, Skanderborg cricket club and Esbjerg cricket club.
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
Skanderborg would be a club I am sure would love a free website as they are one of the leading clubs in Denmark and have a very good blend of youth and experience.