Dharmichand Mulewa, 25, is in the unique position in ACC member-countries of being both a leading player and administrator. General Manager of the Singapore Cricket Association as well as as being an off-spinning opening bat, he works full-time on and off the field. Ideally placed to comment on the challenges facing contemporary administrators and players in the increasingly meritocratic new world order of developing nations’ cricket, he reflects on an intense past ten years of cricket, and looks forward to the next ten years and beyond.
The interview was conducted by phone and e-mail.
“Being the top-ranked ACC country makes us very proud.”
When did you start playing cricket?
I started playing at the age of 13 in Mysore, a place which has produced world class players such as Erapalli Prasanna, Javagal Srinath and many more. Growing up I was a huge fan of Mohammad Azharuddin. When I first started playing with the hard ball at the age of 14, I was a fast bowler and I kept wickets as well at times. Representing Mysore as a 14-year-old in an Under-16 tournament, I was dismissed in the third ball and when I got a chance to bowl, I bowled off-spin and took six wickets. Ever since then I have continued bowling spin!
How did you get from Indian first-class cricket to representing Singapore?
I visited Singapore in 2000 with the Karnataka state U-16 team. I realized that I was not getting a chance to play regularly in the first-class team. I then decided to stay in Singapore and focus on my studies and after completing my BSc. in Information Technology, the Singapore Cricket Association management tried me out in various fields like coaching, playing and administration. They also hired me for my skills in IT and to set up the SCA IT infrastructure. From then on I slowly continued my cricket and broke into the team in 2004.
|Taking on Bahrain, Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 Final|
How do you account for Singapore’s recent rise up the ladder?
I guess we only started peaking last year and since then we have been doing well in all our tournaments. We have found the right combination of our team. There are four first-class cricketers here, one more who has played provincial cricket and a batch of promising youngsters. The Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 win has been fantastic for our confidence and we now look forward to the Division 5 in Nepal.
Being the top-ranked ACC country based on performance at all levels of cricket, in senior and junior tournaments, makes us very proud.