By Saif Yasin
Zaheer Saffie was interviewed after being named Big Apple Cricket Club’s 2011 Most Valuable Player.
How does it feel being the club’s inaugural MVP?
A: I feel honored that I have been named MVP, but most importantly winning as a team is what matters the most to me.
As a cricketer, is there one role you prefer over another, if so, why?
A: I prefer both roles as batsman and bowler, simply because if I fail in one department I can make it up in the other.
Besides winning the 2011 EACA T20 championship what was the most memorable moment of the season for you?
A: It was when we played Hillside and I made 75 not out, I was getting into the right position, timing the ball very well and I felt very comfortable at the wicket.
How did you pick up playing the sport of cricket?
A: From my dad, he played at the first-division level in Guyana and most of my uncles and cousins played cricket at the club level.
How long have you been playing cricket?
A: Approximately 16 years.
How were you able to cope with all the pressure and responsibilities that go along with being a captain, and still manage to have a spectacular season?
A: It comes naturally when you don’t think about it, just play and enjoy the game. I also have many other senior guys on the team that give me advice or suggestions when needed.
Is there any player that you model your game after?
A: Sachin Tendulkar, he’s an amazing cricketer, Any young cricketer growing up should model themselves after him.
How much do you see yourself being involved with the sport 5-10 years from now?
A: Hopefully representing the USA.
If you weren’t playing cricket what other sport would you have been playing.
A: Good question. I like sports in general, never thought about playing any other sport other than cricket.
What are your expectations for next year?
A: From a captain’s perspective I would like to see our team play more as a unit and be more successful by winning more championships. I expect other players to perform better, because they are very talented. In 2011 we only had a handful of guys performing and carrying the team.
Saif Yasin is a 16 year-old student at Scholars Academy and a member of Big Apple Cricket Club.