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Nadeem Abbasi, 41, originally from Pakistan. He is an accountant by profession and settled in Germany now. He extensively learned the German language and integrated well in the German culture. He is now happily married and a father of two.
When a child opens his eyes in Pakistan he sees Cricket is being played everywhere. He simply becomes passionate about Cricket. Abbasi played Cricket long time in Pakistan, at school level, college level, University level, and for club level also. He says, “I’ve started playing Cricket from my childhood, I don’t know exactly, but I think at the age of 4 or 5. In Pakistan you know everyone play Cricket, he should play from his childhood, you can say. In Pakistan among Cricket and Hockey sports Cricket is a quite popular game. So I was interested in Cricket I don’t know why but I started playing it”.
He recalled his cricket memories, “If you ask me, my favorite bowler was Imran Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz, and bowling action was Sikander Bakht. So it’s inspired me. In Pakistan we say, Cricket is our second wife!“.
Playing Cricket in Bonn
Abbasi is captain and coach of the Golden Star CC team in Bonn. Having lived in Germany for sixteen years, he faced many challenges to start playing Cricket in Bonn. In his earlier days of arrival he asked people about Cricket and surprised to hear that nobody knew about it. Suddenly in 2003, he saw some people in Rheinaue Park playing Cricket. “I just started to play with them. And after two three years I felt that I couldn’t understand their language as they belonged to Sri Lanka. I didn’t understand anything. Then I met some Pakistani students here. So I started to plan our own club. We have just made our club and play Cricket now”.
After having a tough job routine it is difficult for some people to get extra time for sporting activities but not for Abbasi. He makes an equal distribution of his free time with family and Cricket.
Establishing a Cricket Club
Playing cricket in a club is different rather managing it. If you play for a club, you simply play, you do not have to do other things. You can go anytime to play cricket. But when you have your own club, you have got more responsibilities. He said, “Sometimes my involvement for my club starts from Friday evening to manage the match, to call the people to check if they have free time, to send emails and doing other stuff.”
At the beginning the achievement of the club was very good. But they never stood on victory stand. “But two times we played semi-final and we lost in one final. Last two years we were in number 5 in NRW”, he added.
“To get the cricket play ground was not very difficult. Because at that time I was member of NRW cricket junior when I formed NRW cricket council. So I am the founder member also. So we got some fund from NCB and some from ICC. The pitch in our play ground is given from England and its expense was paid by DCB. After that we manage ourselves for the matches, match fees, umpire fees, balls etc. But other costs for ground preparation are paid from Bonn city” he further said.
The cricket in Germany is getting well and now it is being taught from the school level. For promoting Cricket in Germany last year International Cricket Council had given more than 200,000 Euros.