Maryam Osama Khalil Omar is a Captain of Kuwait Women's National Cricket team, who was recently awarded as Player of the Tournament in GCC Women's T20 Cricket Championship.
About Maryam Omar
Full Name: Maryam Osama Khalil Omar (MOKO).
Date of Birth: 08-03-1993
Birth Place: Kuwait
Playing Role: Captain of Kuwait Women’s National Team
Batting Style: RHB (Opener)
Bowling Style: Right arm Off Break
Excerpts from an Interview with Maryam Omar from Kuwait by Vishal Yadav
Currently where are you playing cricket? Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far?
I have been playing cricket for Kuwait since 2010, almost 5 years now.
I shall forever be grateful to my school’s P.E teacher; she was the main person who pushed me to join Kuwait’s National Summer Camp (Tryouts). Since then, you can say “I caught the cricket fever”.
I was first introduced to cricket in June, 2010. Before that, I had no idea or background of the game or how it’s played. My Debut was in 2010, U19 Women’s Championship-Singapore, I was lucky enough to be selected for the nationals as a good fielder only.
2. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded?
a) Amec-Future Stars Cricket Club – Founded 2004
b) Kuwait Women National Team. – Founded 2008
3. Where do you see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
With the right support from Kuwait board and my family, I am hoping that in the next 5 years I would be playing big cricket in some part of the world.
Currently, I am working on my batting; I have scored half centuries before, but never a century! My coach says “you cannot call yourself a batsmen/batter if you are not consistent”. So yes, I am looking to be more consistent as a batter and a better cricketer as a whole.
4. What are you and your team doing in order to promote cricket as a game and involve many people.
We are in constant search of new talents, targeting school girls and athletes to join our training camps. Kuwait Cricket has plenty of tournaments arranged every year for everyone. So as girls, we do get our share in local tournaments. A lot of girls are coming up and we are happy with the response. My team and I have very special bonding. We work so hard and we are always there for each other. We believe that with our team spirit and drive we can draw more new comer into the game. Our coach and director are even more dedicated to see women’s cricket grow in Kuwait.
5. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organising a small camp, or just playing a match or organising a cricket camp)
Locally, Our Latest achievement was among pool of boys. Our (all women) team was qualified to play semi-final in the Nelson Mandela Cup (Six aside tournament) arranged by the South African Embassy and organized by the governing board- Kuwait Cricket.
Internationally, Kuwait Women’s Team participated in the first ever T20 GCC (Gulf Cup Championship 2014) held in Oman. Kuwait received the runner’s up trophy. It was an honor for us to be able to bring pride to Kuwait, as for me, it the first time receiving the player of the tournament award. This was my biggest award so far!
6. 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)?
Off course, I’d love to have the opportunity to play anywhere!
Last year, I was invited to Atlanta Women’s 4th Annual T20 Cricket to play. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend due to final exams. But yes I would love to go around and play cricket. There’s nothing more fun than to see new faces and new learning opportunities. No Doubt countries like India, Australia, and Pakistan, along with other test countries are the home of cricket and it would be a dream come true to able to visit for some good cricket.
7. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Generally, we have girls joining us from schools and colleges. Most of which are raw talent. After a couple of years, those girls develop into good cricketers. Unfortunately, they tend to leave the country for higher education and we lost so many good cricketers this way. Nevertheless, we didn’t stop our game. We found an alternative and we started to approach working girls and dedicated athletes and begun to mould and train them. Now we have a good bunch of hungry cricketers eager to learn and play. That’s a positive sign. We may be walking slowly but we’re definitely on the right track!
8. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
There’s nothing instant, everything takes time. We have already planned our development scheme. Women cricket is gradually being recognized and it’s being appreciated among the national Kuwaitis. Women’s cricket started in 2008 it was a collection of dreams of our Kuwait Cricket Board members. At first we aimed for participation and today we are aiming for titles. Our goals are growing as we grow. We have succeeded in involving Arabs and Kuwaitis (nationals). Women Kuwait Cricket is heading in the right direction and it’s only a matter of time for us to showcase our efforts.
9. Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup? And Why?
I studied in Pakistani school for 14 years, I am kind of engrossed in the Pakistani culture and it’s wonderful people. That would be the reason why I would love to see Pakistan win the World Cup. However, it will not be an easy task for them and in the end of the day, the best always wins!