Azim Azeez classified himself as a player who could do a bit of batting and a bit of bowling; however, in 2018 he recorded some of his best batting and bowling figures representing the Transport Cricket Club and is eagerly awaiting the opening of the cricket season tomorrow and what 2019 holds for him.
Emulating Shahid Afridi’s aggressive style of batting and attacking bowling, the 29-year-old off-spinner said one of the things he enjoyed doing was attacking the ball when at the crease.
In a recent interview with Guyana Times, Azeez said, “Well, in 2018, there wasn’t
much competition due to the inclement weather conditions; however, I played four 40-overs matches and obtained 15 wickets, one game against Sophia, 4-3; against Third Class, 2-21; against GDF, 5-30 and 3 -23 in another. I noticed my bowling form was more rewarding in 2018. I had some spectacular sixes and fours, 30s and 50s, but like I said, hopefully, this year I cop bigger scores like my many previous years and be consistent in my batting.”
According to Azeez, it is tough for him to attend practice because of his job, but at the end of the day, he is still proud of his performance, because he knows when he hits the field he gives his all. While reaping the successes of his bowling, he still wants to up the ante on his scoring and become one of Guyana’s top all-rounders.
Azeez went on to state that in order for him to do such, he knows he will have to make the necessary sacrifices and he is willing to put his best foot forward in achieving his goals. With the Transport Club currently in second position on 65 points, they need only 11 more points to surpass Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) in the 2018/2019 edition of the New Building Society Second-Division (40-Over) Cricket Competition a feat than can easily be achieved if Azeez continues to play his natural game.
In closing, Azeez said, “For the new year, I would like Transport Club to win the Second-Division tournaments and for my personal achievements, I would like to be consistent with my scoring and set a new ground-breaking record in the tournaments this season and with high hopes maintain my good bowling form. It would also be a great pleasure to represent my country one day, hoping one day to capture the selectors’ eyes, Insha-Allah.”