ACC XI SQUAD
Nickname: - Most people just call me “Taku” but my high school friends call me “Saus”. DOB: - 3 October 1988, born in Harare, Zimbabwe. Work: - Head coach of Amsterdam Cricket Club , Founder and Head Coach of Amsterdam Cricket Academy. Experience and philosophy: - I am a Level 3 coach with 12 years experience of coaching. My main objective at ACC is the growth and development of all the players at the club. The idea is to build a young core group of players that can evolve into a competitive side in a few years. A side that can be the cornerstone for the next 100 years and challenge for trophies. At a youth level the key for me to ensure that we are able to increase and maintain our numbers. The young players are our future. Shirt Number: - 00 Started playing cricket: - started playing cricket with my older brother when I was 4 years old. He taught me how to play the game, we would spend hours in our drive way batting and bowling. We broke many windows around the house and at some stage had all our cricket and tennis balls confiscated by our parents. This didn’t stop us though as we would always find something to play with. The best “ball” that we discovered was an unripe lemon. We had many fruit trees at home and we definitely tried them all but in the end we settled on the lemon. The lemons were durable and had the most even bounce. On some occasions, even when we had real balls we would still go back and play with a lemon. Started coaching cricket: I started my coaching journey in Cape Town, South Africa as a way to pay the bills as a student. The job. little did I know. would turn into my passion and my life. I realised in my early 20’s I would not make it to the highest levels as a player and so decided to concentrate on helping other players get to the highest level. This gives me immense joy, when I can help or be a part of assisting someone else’s journey. Cricket Ambition :- my current ambition with ACC is to one day challenge for the Topklasse title. My life long ambition is to coach a National team or be part or an international high performance environment.
Muhammad Anis Raza
Captain - All Rounder
Left- Handed Top Order Batsman, Right Arm Off Spin
My name is MUHAMMAD Anis Raza also know as Raja and Bhanji. I was born on 1st of april 1991 in Toba Tek Singh Pakistan. I work as an entrepreneur, I have studied accountancy. I live with my brother and his family. Well after winning 3 T20 trophies for ACC I would like to have a hand on a Topklasse championship. ACC has given me so much and welcomed me into its family, they have backed me in every aspect of my life. I hope to repay the club with a great season. My best performance I would say was my first hundred against VRA in my 2nd game for ACC "Hard work, commitment and dedication no one can neglect "
Right-Handed Top Order Batsman, Right Arm Medium Swing Bowler
DoB:: 18 May 1996 I studied and have obtained my degree in sport science, I have the ambition to work with athletes and provide them with the tools to better their physical and mental strengths for the sport they play or for their general lifestyle, I am currently studying a sport psychology course and am looking to do more courses to further my knowledge. I was introduced to cricket at a young age by my grandfather and went through the South African grass roots process of bakers mini cricket now called KFC mini cricket. I first represented my province at the age of 15 and stayed in the system since then. I moved up to Pretoria and represented the Titans academy for 2 years at the academy franchise weeks. Since then I have played for the Limpopo Impalas Semi-professional team for 3 years and now recently been given the status of professional. Short and sweet my most special performance was getting a 100 against eastern storm, playing against guys who have represented big franchise teams and guys who have played for SA and SA A. My best score was 154 not out and best bowling figures of 6/24 in 10 My ambition is to play cricket as high as I can go. Travel the world and play cricket and gain as much experience as I can for my cricket.
Right Arm Opening Bowler, Right-Handed Middle Order Batsman
Left-Handed Top Order Batsman, Wicket-Keeper
DoB: 9 may 1996 Education: High School , Hillcrest High School. Cricket History: Kwazulu Natal U17 and U19 provincial teams. Dolphins Academy 2018, dolphins high performance team 2018-2022 . Franchise Dolphins debut 2021. South African action Cricket team u16 2012 Current club and Franchise: Dolphins squad and Amanzimtoti Cricket Club (ACC) wicket keeper batsmen. Highway runs 156* Langley cricket club 2019.
Right- Handed Batsman, Right Arm Medium Pace, Occasional Wicket-keeper
Nickname – Grassy Knoll Birthday: 30th August 1989 in Pretoria, South Africa Work: Investment Officer - Private Equity at FMO Study: MsC International Finance (Universiteit van Amsterdam) & CFA Charterholder Living: Amsterdam Shirt Number: 7 Started Playing Cricket: Started playing cricket in South Africa when I was 5 years old. Cricket Ambition: Play competitively for as long as I can. Win a trophy with ACC Playing for ACC: I moved to the Netherlands from South Africa in 2016 to study and find a job. In 2017, after a few years of not playing cricket, my love for the game was reignited when I was introduced to and joined ACC. I was immediately welcomed as part of the family - at the same time, I was impressed by the quality, diversity, and ambition of all the members, coaching staff, and supporters. At ACC you are supported and befriended. You don't need to be the best, as long as you give your best - and have some fun in the process. Best Cricket Performance: Batting - 107 runs off 101 balls, playing for ACC 1 against Dosti 1 in 2020. Bowling – 4 for 14 for Stellenbosch University 1st XI 1 vs Paarl CC in the Boland T20 1st division in South Africa
Right-Handed Lower Order Batsman, Right Arm Leg Spin
Nickname: – Deva Birthday: 18th May 1992, in Patna, India Work: PhD Researcher in Artificial Intelligence at University of Amsterdam Study: Masters in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Artificial Intelligence Living: Staying near Amsterdam RAI with another flatmate Shirt Number: 9 Started Playing Cricket: Started playing hard ball cricket quite late at the age of 19, after getting into college. Played competitive cricket ever since. Was once selected as a practice net bowler in India for an international match between India and South Africa in 2015. Cricket Ambition: Become top wicket taker in a season in Topklasse league and win the Topklasse with ACC. Playing for ACC: I accidentally came to know about ACC in a house party and joined ACC 3 for a few matches in 2017. I got a call from the first team in 2019 and have been immensely supported by all the team members and coaches ever since. Best Cricket Performance: Was the second highest wicket taker for ACC in 2019 season and top wicket taker in 2020 season. Personally, I feel my best bowling performance came against Excelsior in one of the home matches, where I opened the bowling and bowled 10 overs for 18 runs with 2 wickets.
Shreyas Potdar (nr 8)
RIGHT-HANDED TOP ORDER BATSMAN, RIGHT ARM LEG SPIN
I am 18 years old and was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. People like to call me a variety of different names, often just Potdar but also some commonly used nickname that are used to call me are Shrey, or Potdar. At the moment I am in the first year of my bachelors degree and studying econometrics at the university of Amsterdam. Hopefully I will be able to complete it in the allocated 3 years. Cricket wise I am an all-rounder, top order right-handed batter and bowl right arm legspin. I initially started playing at the age of 4 with my father in the backyard and have enjoyed it ever since. I joined ACC at around the same age and since then have played most of my cricket there. My ambitions are to play at the highest level and ideally along the way contribute to victories for ACC.
Aryan Kumar (nr 1)
Right-Handed Middle Order Batsman, Right Arm Opening Pace Bowler
Aryan Kumar A.K.A: Pandya A.K.A: Ary. I am born on 30th march 2002 and born and raised in Amsterdam. My dad has a small supermarket almost for 12 years, so since my younger years I have always been involved in the whole process, so I see myself as the Co-owner of the shop. If I am not playing cricket and not studying you can find me in the shop. At the moment I am studying Engineering at the HVA in Amsterdam-amstel. I live together with my parents and my sister who also plays cricket, she is 20 years old. My shirt number is number 1. I was just casually watching the world cup 2011 where india played Australia in the semi-finals, and Yufraj Singh played an incredible innings. This innings made me love the sport and since then I never looked back. Not a real ambition but just going with the flow, and see where I end up… This is my 5th year at ACC, before I played at the rivals VRA. I wanted to become the best version of cricket career and ACC is the club that is providing me that. Coming back of a horrible ankle injury and scoring a 54 against Punjab Cricket Club. Or taking a 4 wicket haul on my debut for ACC against VRA(my former club).
Ammar Zaidi (nr 6)
Left-Handed Top Order Batsman, Right Arm Medium Pacer
Nickname:– To Be Decided, Maybe Fakhar Zamannnnnn? We’ll think about this Birthday: 29th October 2001 in Karachi, Pakistan Work: Part Time digital marketing associate for a couple of restaurants in the Netherlands Study: First year International and European Law LLB student at the University of Groningen Living: Staying with my parents in Amsterdam for the first year because all lectures are online. Will move to Groningen in the 2nd year in September 2021 Shirt Number: 14 Started Playing Cricket: Started playing cricket at the beach with my dad when in lived in Doha, Qatar when I was 5 years old. Started playing hard ball cricket by joining a club when I lived in Dubai in 2013. Cricket Ambition: Becoming an integral first grade cricketer to any team’s success. Want to win the Topklasse with ACC before I retire. Playing for ACC: Ever since I joined the club, I have been immensely supported by all the coaches that I played under. Secondly, I really enjoy the inclusive and friendly culture of ACC as I feel like I can play without any pressure as I will always be supported. Best Cricket Performance: Batting - 88 runs of 48 balls, playing for Netherlands U15 against Denmark U15. Bowling – 4 for 10 for ACC 1 vs Groen en Wit 1 in Topklasse T20
Right-Handed Lower Order Batsman, Right Arm Leg Spin
When were you born and where?: Amsterdam-zuidoost, 02-06-2005
School situation : ik zit op de middelbare school in bijlmer momenteel doe ik 4 havo Living/family situation: ik woon samen met mijn ouders thuis en met mijn broer Shirt number: 2
How did you start playing cricket? Ik begon met het spelen van cricket toen ik 7 jaar oud was. Mijn vader keek destijds al cricket omdat hij in zijn jeugd ook cricket heeft gespeeld. Door mijn vader begon ik ook met het kijken van cricket wedstrijden en als gevolg ook met het beoefenen. Toen ik ongeveer 9 jaar oud was heb ik mij aangesloten bij ACC. Cricket ambition Mijn cricket ambities zijn dat ik een hele fanatieke cricket speler ben. Zelf vind ik van mezelf dat ik een hele goeie leg spinner ben met verschillende variaties. Dit kan goed van toe pas komen om een batsmen te laten verwarren en niet comfort laten maken in zijn spel. Why do you play for ACC? Ik speel voor ACC, omdat mijn broer als eerst begon bij het spelen van ACC. Daarna sloot ik mij ook aan bij ACC. Ook is dit één van de dichtbijgelegen clubs bij mij in de buurt. Best cricket performance ever.
Mijn beste cricket performance was mijn eerste 5 wicket haul tegen Qui Vive in de
onder 13 en nog ook eens 30 runs met de bat
Right- Handed Top Order Batsman, Right Arm Medium Pace
Nickname: - Macca-no-knees Born - UK Work - Organisational culture consultant Living situation: - Shared house in Nieuw-West Shirt number: - 11 When did you start playing cricket? At school, aged 8. Cricket ambition: - To play for as long as my body will let me! Why do you play for ACC? I got to know a few ACC boys over the years playing at the North Moreton Beer & Cricket festival in Oxfordshire. So, when I moved to Amsterdam in 2019, ACC was a natural choice! Best cricket performance: Taking 5 wickets for 2 runs on the first morning of a 2-day game.
Mees van Vliet
Right-Handed Lower Order Batsman, Right Arm Opening Pace Bowler
Nickname -Pepper spray, Ben Cooper, Messi, Baby giraffe, and much more Place of birth and date: I was born in Amsterdam on the 3rd of november 2003. Work situation/School situation: I work for STRK lifestyle gym as a sidejob and I also work as a freelancer for various companies. I attend school in Laren at Laar&Berg. I am currently in my VWO 6 which is my final year of high school. My final exams will take place in may 2022. Living situation: I live in Naarden with my two sisters, Pomme en Roos. And my parents Eva and John. Shirtnumber: Last year the number 8 was on my back. I am not one of those people that need the same shirt number every year or want a specific number so that is why it changes every season. However, I would love to steal Chris Knoll´s number seven next year. How did you start playing cricket? With my grandparents and my parents all having played the game, I kind of didn´t have a choice. I started playing tip & run when I was four years old, played my first game when I was seven, and I made my first team debut at 15. A day that I will never forget. I want to represent my country at a world cup one day and help my country make a name for itself in the world. Also, a lot of people say county cricket is a bit of a stretch. Honestly I don´t care about that. I also want to make it in England, or at least try. Best cricket performance: For ACC, this was my third game for the first team when I took 4-39 after 10, including 2 wickets on the first two balls of the game. We won that match by 10 wickets and I was very happy to make my contribution to that win. Anything to add? Really looking forward to the new season with a lot of new people in the team. I hope we can get back to the times where a lot of people came to watch the games. These profiles should really help with doing that. The team looks good and everybody is working hard.
Right Arm Pace Bowler, Middle Order Batsman
I work as an Online Marketer in Heemstede and I live in Amsterdamm. I’ve been playing for ACC since 2020, before that time I played for Ajax in Oegstgeestt. At Ajax the boys used to call me ‘Het kapsel’ when I wasyounger because of my big head of hair… Later they started calling ‘Douggie’ or ‘The Roug’ ‘cause apparently I look like Doug Bollinger. Havn’t really had the pleasure of getting a nickname at ACC yet though, but I guess that will happen now. In games I wear the shirt with number 4. I’m mostly a bowler, but I love batting as well and hitting a long ball.
Aggressive Right Handed Batsman, Wicket-keeper
Hello, my name is Adriaan Verbeek or as the most friends call me “Aad”. I’m 25 years old and currently live in Amsterdam. I recently moved to Amsterdam as I’m doing a Mergers and Acquisitions internship at a corporate finance firm in Amsterdam. I live with 3 other friends in a nice cozy house where we love fun and laughter. I’m originally from Leiden where I have been born and raised. I have lived there until I was 18 and moved to Utrecht afterwards. The last 5 years I’ve played cricket at Kampong. Before Kampong I used to play for VCC with shirt number 49. My cricket career started in Oegstgeest at Ajax where my dad used to play for, which is the reason I play cricket. My best cricket performance ever is probably being the best bowler of the European Championship U15 when playing for the Netherlands. As new member of ACC I am really looking forward to know the club better and help the club with the expected performances this year!
Aggressive Right Handed Batsman, Wicket-keeper
Most people call me Hannema or Hannie. Or when playing in the seconds its Skip. I was born in Amsterdam about 33 years ago. Currently working as General Manager at a chauffeur company in Amstelveen. I am living in the beautiful heart of Amsterdam, in the Jordaan. I started playing cricket through my grandfather, who was in love with the game. My ambition for the highest level is long gone. I can get a long on many levels, and am happy I can support our first eleven in these crazy times. I’m wearing number 9 on my cricketshirt. Why I play for ACC, that’s an easy questions. Simply because I have been brought up at this club. My personal best performance and actually most exciting… Was my winning 100* with a 6 on the last ball against Qui Vive.
Right-Handed Middle Order Batsman, Right Arm Pace
Nickname: Zaccyboi. Born 01/09/1997 in Southampton. I am working as a finance consultant intern for a sustainability consultancy called Metabolic in North Amsterdam and writing my master's thesis. I have three siblings who live in the UK and my parent's home is in Wales. I started playing cricket at primary school and hope to continue playing throughout my life for enjoyment and exercise. I play for ACC because the ground is cycling distance from my apartment and I enjoying playing with the team, everyone is good fun but also competitive and skilful. I once got 6-22 off 10 overs and got 46 batting as my best performance.
Right-Handed Top Order Batsman, Right-Arm Medium Pace
I was born in Afghanistan. Unfortunately I had to flee because of the Taliban coming into my area. I am living alone in Almere at the moment and my family have made their way safely to Pakistan. I am 17 years old. My favourite shirt number is 1. I love cricket I have been playing my whole life. I have played for Afghanistan U16/U17 and was selected for the recent U19 World Cup camp but was unable to participate. I was also part of the Rashid Khan Cricket Academy. My favourite position to bat is number 3, and I look forward to scoring lots of runs for ACC.
Left-Handed Top order Batsman, Right Arm Off spin
I was born in Bolton, Lancashire in the North West ofEngland. All my friends at school played cricket and I’d always played football and tennis but eventually got convinced to play some matches for my school when I was 11. From that point on I played cricket for many years for Tonge CC in Bolton captaining junior teams and playing in the men’s first team from around 15/16 years old. Then I went to Loughborough University where I studied International Business and also played cricket. There I probably had my best performance scoring 130* off not very many balls in my first game, building false hope I could do that in every game. I've been in the Netherlands now for 5 years, currently working at New Balance as a Global Digital Marketplace Strategist and living with my girlfriend in Rivierenbuurt. After taking an extended 5 year break from cricket I now want to just have fun and score some runs.
Left- Handed Middle Order Batsman, Left Arm Off Spin
I was born in India, State - Madhya Pradesh ( DOB - 10th July 1993 ). I did my schooling from India, Currently I am living in Netherlands with my wife and working as a software engineer in Aarini. My cricket ambition is to play good competitive cricket. I chose ACC because of the culture we have in the club. In Netherlands my best performance was against VRA in 2021 (6 Overs - 17 Runs - 5 Wickets).
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