Dmitry Makarov-First Vice-President of the all-Russian sports and sports public organization “Cricket of Russia” spoke with the correspondent of cricketrussia.online.
Good day, Dmitry! How did you learn about cricket and why did you decide to develop it in Russia?
About four years ago, my friend and partner Vladimir Anatolyevich shlenov invited me to participate in the development of baseball in Russia. In the course of this work, I have gained unique experience, including organizing competitions, interacting with the Ministry of sports, building stadiums, etc. In addition, I met interesting people, among them a cricketer — Alexander Sorokin, who introduced me to this game.
Alexander invited me to the Iskra stadium in Moscow (near VDNH) for a game. At that time, I didn’t understand what was happening on the court, but the energy in the stadium was amazing! It was also there that I met Subir Roy, who had been running cricket tournaments for more than three years with pure enthusiasm.
In other words, you can say that you were inspired to develop cricket by chance?
I am sure that there are no accidents in life, at all. Even if it doesn’t seem that way, every event serves a purpose. Sometimes, a minor incident is the basis of important life changes.
When I was at matches, I was surprised that 80% of the players who participate are natives of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh. There are very few Russian guys. One day, I was invited to take part in a training session. There I met our Russian athletes: Boris Zharky and Andrey Kurlenko. At this training session, Alexander Sorokin told me in more detail about the rules of cricket, as well as that in Moscow, and especially in Russia, cricket is unfairly ignored.
I was very surprised that the second most popular sport in the world is not officially a sport in Russia.
In other words, imagine that a gambling, exciting, sports game that develops not only all muscle groups, but also forces you to include logical and strategic thinking is not a sport in Russia.
It was at this moment that I had an idea about the need to popularize cricket in our country, recognize it as a sport and attract our talented Russian youth to it.
Did you take part in the game yourself?
No, I didn’t participate in the game, but I participated in a training session that the guys called me to. And this day I will remember for a long time!
Batting was practiced during training. Alexander served the ball, and Boris batted it, my task with Andrey was to take these balls. Now imagine a picture: a bowler delivers a ball at a speed of more than 80 km / h, a batsman must hit it with the bat, thereby increasing its speed, the ball flies at a speed of more than 100 km/h. In addition, the weight of the ball is approximately 155 grams. I, a fielder, at a distance of 100 meters, try to catch this ball with my bare hands. Although the guys shouted to me: “get Away, don’t catch this ball!”, but in the excitement, I didn’t hear them. At that moment, I couldn’t catch the ball, it flew straight into my stomach. To put it mildly, the feeling was not pleasant. This was the end of my training.
Then I realized that this is a gambling and real men’s sport. I was reminded of this incident by a large maroon bruise for a month.
What have you already done to implement your plans?
First of all, we have found a team of like-minded people in more than half of Russia’s regions who are ready to develop cricket in their regions together with us. For this we created the all-Russian physical training and sport public organization “the Cricket of Russia” (ISOCR).
What are your goals in the development of Russian cricket?
We have a lot of work ahead of us. First of all, it is necessary to develop and approve a sports training Program, as well as detailed methodological recommendations.
Next, you need to organize training and training of trainers. It is not enough just to find people, expats, who know how to play and hold competitions, this is the way to nowhere. We need to teach our young people and children and make them real athletes. In our opinion, only this way can lead to the development of cricket in Russia, meets the sporting principles and is useful for society. Staff starvation is a problem for all young sports, but we have preliminary agreements with some Universities in our country to open faculties.
Our task is to introduce you to cricket, to show that it is interesting and multi-faceted. Do you know, for example, that cricket can be both a very complex, technical sport, and children’s fun during a picnic? And boys and girls in many parts of the world know.
We plan to open sections and children’s schools. We will need stadiums, and it will be very difficult, but we will manage and gradually they will appear.
I believe that one day our, Russian, children’s and youth teams will compete for medals at international level tournaments. And our men’s and women’s teams will take prizes in the world cricket Championships. And the most important dream is for Russia to be able to host the European and World Championships.