I started playing cricket at the age of 12 in Sri-Lanka.For the last 34 years i have been living in Germany. If not for the cricket in my blood it would have been boring for me in this country because i am not a great football fan. I spend all my free time either playing or coaching kids u-17.I formed the first and only over 50 team in Germany.
On the 27th and the 28th of April we will be playing in the U.K.I formed the first two youth teams in Bonn. Every year I organise a youth cricket Tournament in Bonn under Veterans Cricket Club involving over 70 kids. For this Tournament i always have to borrow a Flicx pitch as the second pitch. There isn’t a single day in my life without the topic cricket. My wife tells me that i should put up a tent at the grounds and live there. According to my daily schedule she is not wrong.
I am now 65 and still play the game and enjoy thoroughly.I suffer from high blood pressure and have to take a tablet daily to keep it down and avoid getting severe headaches.Funny but true,whenever i have a match through excitement i forget the tablet but have no problems or headaches.Cricket is a miraculous game.I have got enormous number of friends here in Germany from all the Commonwealth countries and other nations through playing and coaching cricket.
I can go on an on writing about this topic. With my sickness of high blood pressure if not for cricket i would have been dead by now.
Raymond Cooray (president Veterans Cricket Club Bonn)
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