Ruth Ambiyo is a wicket-keeper batsman from Kenya who is currently playing in National Women's Cricket team of Kenya. She also play for Rift Valley Development Cricket Club which is composed of both Ladies and gents. The club was founded by National Cricket Player Peter Ongondo.
About Ruth Ambiyo
Full Name: Ruth Ambiyo
Date of Birth: 3rd April 1992
Playing Role: Wicketkeeper
Batting Style:Right Handed Batsman
Bowling Style: Off-Break Spinner
Excerpts from an Interview with Ruth Ambiyo from Kenya by Vishal Yadav
1. Currently where are you playing cricket? Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far?
I play cricket in Nairobi-kenya and also in Nakuru-kenya. I got involved with cricket way back in 2008 while in High School. So far I have climbed the ladder and currently am playing for the National Ladies team here in Kenya.
2. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded?
I play for Rift Valley Development Cricket Club which is composed of both Ladies and gents.The club was founded in the year 2011 by a former national and international cricket player Peter Ongondo. He is the current Coach of the club. Before joining Rift valley development club I used to be a member of Ali's Cricket Club which later revolved and became an "All-men's-team". Other than that I play for the national women's team. I was the captain of the Kenya national under 19 team for 4 consecutive years before joining the national side.
3. Where do you see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
Cricket has become part of my life now.In the next 5 years I see myself Becoming a professional cricketer. I want to focus more on batting,that is judgement of the ball,making quick and good decisions in playing shots, setting realistic goals. Generally applying all the basics of cricket.
4. What are you and your team doing in order to promote cricket as a game and involve many people?
As a team we came up with the idea of coming up with an active facebook page that we use to update and give information to other people. Other than that,we are involved in school coaching of cricket thus passing the skills learnt to the younger generation. We saw this was the way forward to enable us involve many people.as the the saying goes,"Future cricket depends on the young one's. It is best if we nature the young talents and perfect them for the future cricket.
5. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organising a small camp, or just playing a match or organising a cricket camp)?
Recently we organised mass-cricket for all the young future stars. During this event all the children applied each and every concept/skills taught which made me feel proud. At least I manage to pass what I know to someone else.
6. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp?
If given an opportunity,YES! I would Love to come to India. I believe that would be the best exposure in my Cricket Career.
7. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Some of the challenges we are facing in Kenya cricket includes:
*Lack of enough qualified coaches
*Lack of cricket equipment
*Lack of support from the government
*We are not getting enough exposure in terms of more games.
*Not getting enough motivation from our cricket body.
8. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
One thing that can enable us to boost the involvement of people is Funding. If we get funds it will enable us buy the equipment needed for development of cricket. Plus,the funds will facilitate in employing of more qualified coaches and also motivate volunteer coaches in one way or another.
9. Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup? And Why?
I support England in this World Cup! ALL THE WAY!This is because I enjoy how they play. In as much as they are playing old school cricket, THEY STILL WIN.