After a 6-year hiatus, the Geneva Cricket Club has rejoined the heart of cricket competition in Switzerland. Indeed, at the General Annual Meeting of Cricket Switzerland on 27 February 2016, the Club has been granted affiliate status. The Club would like to extend its thanks to Cricket Switzerland for bringing us back in the game.
As everyone knows, GCC is the oldest cricket club in Switzerland. It has played a central role in promoting cricket throughout the Swiss mountains, valleys and cities for years and years. For instance, the first cricket association in Switzerland (originally named the Swiss Cricket Association) was founded in 1980 by the then President of the Club, Dr David Barmes. The first Secretary of the Association was also a member of the club, Mr Roger Johnson. Nowadays, the Club is headed by Hascal Gollop, a highly respected Barbadian cricket master, who has proudly represented the Club since… 1973!
By the way, Mr Gollop wrote down a few words for the Cricket Switzerland website that you can read here by clicking here.
While the Club does not play such important role in cricket governance any more, it aims at recovering one essential role it used to have: a leading actor in winning tournaments and lifting trophies! Of course, this has to be done in accordance with the beautiful values of the game: sportsmanship, respect and competitiveness.
Given the new dynamics and forthcoming challenges, the team decided to elect a new Captain for this year. The newly elected skipper is Anser Mehmood, who is known to be a lethal batsman, an efficient off-breaker and also a true gentleman. During the 2015 season, Anser scored more than 1000 runs, confirming that he is a top-class player in the League. Furthermore, Anser has played a crucial role for the club over the last couple of years by basically managing a myriad of matters related to the team: fixing dates for matches, overseeing expenditures, interacting with fellow cricket partners from other teams, and so on and so forth.
Also, our most respected senior player, Saeed Raja, retains captaincy for T20 matches.
GCC would like to wish all cricket lovers in Switzerland a wonderful season 2016!