1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Shivam Subhash
Date of Birth: 11/1990
Playing Role: All Rounder
Batting Style: Right-hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak Googly
Address: 1220 Vienna
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
Currently I am the official National Team Coach of U17.
- Part of the Austrian National Team Squad
- Captain of Austrian Cricket Club Wien (ACC)
- Coach & Vice-Chairman of the SNASY-Institute
- Austrian Women Coach
I am currently doing my Masters in law and working at the law firm Rautner Rechtsanwälte GmbH (you can view my profile at http://www.rautnerhuber.com/de/team/shivam-subhash/)
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
I came to Austria along with my family at the age of nine, where I started to learn German and went to school. One year later, I joined the Austria Cricket Club Wien (ACC). It was the only club investing in the youth to raise Austrian cricket to a higher level. Mainly it has been a one man show – it was Mr. Sivabala Sundram Nadaraja (Siva) who was pushing to establish the cricket culture in Austria.
Mr. Siva nominated me at the age of 19 as the youngest National Team Manager (U17) for the European Championship in Isle of Man, which was a great experience for our youngsters and for us.
I have been playing cricket since the age of 10. I first represented Austria when I was 18 (European Championship in Cyprus) and before that I went through the whole youth program, such as with the U13, U15 & U17 National Teams. We competed in annual tours to Rome, Munich, Zouz (Switzerland) and Slovenia, as well as in many other tournaments. Currently, I am the youngest captain in the Austrian League (the Open League), leading Austria Cricket Club Wien (ACC).
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
Since coming to Austria, I have loved but a single cricket club, namely Austria Cricket Club Wien (ACC). It is with ACC that I learned all the basics regarding cricket – on and off the field – whether it be about holding the bat, the passion and focus in the field, leading a team or dealing with failure.
- The Club is based in the heart of Vienna (Donaustadt – 22nd District) and owns the only cricket ground in Vienna, which is one of the reasons why the youth has such opportunities to develop.
- The Club goes back thirty years and was led from the front by Nadarajah.
Unexpectedly, Nadarajah passed away in 2013 at the age of 62, which was a shock for the whole Austrian community. In his name, we created the Institute “SNASY” (Siva Nadaraja Austrian Sports Youth Institute), which has given every cricket club in Austria the opportunity to send their youth to SNASY, so that they can be trained to play at the international level. http://snasy.institute/
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
I would say that we need to have more years like 2014, where we had the opportunity to travel to Copenhagen (03.08 – 09.08.2014). This was by far one of the best experiences the Austrian youth could gain. For the Copenhagen tour, 45 kids were trained in a very professional manner and were led by five coaches. It was a challenge in itself to organize such a tour without having any financial support.
Svanholm Cricket Club in Denmark: http://www.svanholm.cc/om-svanholm-cricket-klub/
The squad for the Copenhagen tour included:
i. the U15 National Team
ii. the U17 National Team
iii. the Austria A National Team (U 25)
Denmark is one of the best cricket-playing nations in Europe with great facilities. We are very thankful for the unmatchable hospitality, which was provided by the Danish Association and the best club in Denmark, Svanholm CC. Is was the first opportunity for the Austrian players to see such a compact cricket culture – with a huge clubhouse, turf wickets, bowling machines and all the other great facilities provided by the Danish.
Although young, the Austrian A team managed to win their very first game against the hosts (who had five Danish national team players in their side). On the whole, this very professional tour had much to offer for the inexperienced Austrians. If not in five, then certainly eight or ten years’ time, we would like to provide the same facilities to our youth as Denmark does.
All the reports and pictures regarding our Denmark tour are available on the SNASY Facebook page
6. Do your club/association have any website or facebook page? Mention their links.
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
As I mentioned, Austria participated with their U17 National Side in Isle of Man – the aim was and is to train those players, so that they can play at the highest level in Europe in the coming years. An unbelievable achievement was having the youngest side ever playing in the AustriaLeague (an average age of 17.8 of the team) win the championship in 2014.
The vision we had in 2010 to develop this young team to represent Austria internationally started in 2014 – most of the players from ACC were the same, who represented Austria in Isle of Man. This best thing about this achievement was that all the Players winning the League were from the ACC Youth Academy!
8. 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)?
Yes, of course we would love to gain some experience on turf wickets, which we cannot get in Austria. India would be great, but we would also consider countries like Holland, the UK or Ireland.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
The most acute challenges facing cricket in Austria are a lack of financial support and, consequently, a shortage of meaningful cricketing opportunities. Cricket in Austria receives no assistance from the government, and, relative to its needs and its potential, markedly little from the ICC. Largely as a result of this, opportunities for development, such as in the form of international tours or participation in training academies, remain in short supply.
Without a broader, general improvement in this respect, star players are inclined to move on to higher quality cricket abroad, and have little incentive to stay connected with their domestic sides. Meanwhile, for the same reasons, those who have remained are unable to develop to anywhere near their full potential. This leads to an endless spiral of stagnant standards.
To escape this cycle and achieve genuine, lasting progress, actions are needed on two fronts. The first is the organizational, and in this regard significant progress has been made. Concepts and plans to send players on more international tours and to training academies have already been formulated. For example, Satyam Subhash has offered to host young Austrian cricketers at his club, St Mary`s Cricket Club, in Harrow. These plans meet with stifling difficulty, however, when it comes to the second front, namely that of funding. That front cannot be overcome without the support of the ICC.
Ultimately, if Austria is to fulfil the promise that its youth and development structures clearly demonstrate, further support must be provided. Without it, cricket in Austria will remain caught in an endless spiral whereby its rising stars either move on for lack of support, or wane for want of testing opportunities. Going by the record of what has already been achieved, that would be a real loss not just for Austria, but for the cricketing world as a whole.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
A meaningful instant boost would be provided by the inclusion of the Austrian youth side in regular ICC tournaments, with positive assistance towards the related costs. The high-profile nature of such events, along with the opportunity for self-development, would furnish not only a meaningful source of motivation and a stepping-stone for existing players, but also an attraction for potential ones.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country.
1. Vienna Cricket Club (VCC)
2. Lords Cricket Club (LCC)
3. Sri Lanka Cricket Club (SLCC)
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
I would like to nominate ACC because it is the only active club – training schools, having their own cricket academy and of course their ground.