There was an Indian, a Maori and a Scotsman… no, this is not a joke!!

There was an Indian, a Maori and a Scotsman... no, this is not a joke!!

In a sport of great ups and downs, there are few things you can predict.

A year ago I was contemplating my options as a cricketer, and considering using my British Passport to look at playing for Scotland. Now twelve months on, I am about to embark on the biggest cricket tour of my life as a member of the Black Caps to the Twenty20 World Cup, and who do we face in the first game… Scotland, of course.

I have always been intrigued by my ties to Scotland and wanted to play against the home of my family name. With a surname like McGlashan, it is impossible to ignore the links to my Scottish heritage. I guess I am in an unusual, but not unique, position where I can pledge some form of allegiance to several ethnicities. Like most Kiwis, my family tree extends back to the United Kingdom predominantly, but also has strong roots here in New Zealand with Ngati Porou. I am very proud of both my Scottish family roots and my Maori heritage.

In 2001, I had the tremendous honour of playing for what, I think, was the inaugural NZ Maori cricket team in the Pacifica Championship held in Auckland. It was primarily made up of fringe first class players with Maori ancestory and still remains one of the most satisfying and cherished times in my cricketing career. Admittedly, at the commencement of the tournament, some of the team members were not totally au fait with their Maori ancestory, but as the tournament progressed their sense of pride grew and it was not long before evening sing-a-longs with the Cook Islands team stretched into waiata, fully fledged battle cries and unforgettable memories.

One memorable moment on the field, was Ash Turner, one of our nasty fast bowlers, waiting at the top of his mark for Papua New Guinea’s new batsman to arrive at the crease. For Ash, at the time a First Class opening bowler, he was used to intimidating batsman and working them over with short-pitched bowling, so what greeted him at the batting crease left him dumbfounded.

The number nine batsman strode out, broad smile stretched across his face, with bare feet, wicketkeeping pads on, no batting gloves and with a bat with no grip on it, the string unravelling in a trail behind him.

Ash did not know what to do, so he halved his run up and trotted in at half pace.

Whoosh… massive swing and miss, the batsman almost throwing himself off his feet, he swung so hard. The roars of laughter bellowed across the ground from the boundary, and slowly rippled through our team. Even Ash smiled, though the person with the biggest smile was the batsman.

Ash trotted in again and whack… “straight” back over his head.

Even more laughter.

We all sniggered… everyone except Ash.

Peter McGlashan and Sachin TendulkarIt is fair to say Ash did not hold back on the next ball and the stumps were shattered. The Papua New Guinea batsman walked off beaming, and to rapturous applause from his teammates and most of us as well. It was so refreshing to be reminded of why we should be playing the game, for the fun and enjoyment, which is often lost during the heat of battle.

There were so many characters at the tournament it is unfair to single a few out, but there was one figure that is now showing the world how talented he is.

Jesse Ryder was in the team as a young, raw, promising 16 year old. Even then he shone as an extreme talent, making the tournament team after several innings of typical brutality. He has just left his mark on the cricketing world with his efforts against India, and I am sure, knowing Jesse for many years, the best is yet to come.

Tournaments like that are all about spreading the game throughout the world and also providing a competitive environment appropriate for those players to express themselves.

I am sure there are many players throughout the pacific who have been watching the series against India telling tales about the day they caught out Jesse Ryder (or maybe me for that matter!) at that tournament in Auckland all those years ago. It is great that such a close link can be made between players at that level, and international stars like Jesse, hopefully inspiring those in developing cricket nations to bigger things.

With the Indian side now leaving our shores, it is apt I recently came across the photo I had taken with Sachin Tendulkar 12 years ago, in Heathrow airport. I was on tour with the Napier Boys High 1st XI and India were passing through the airport.

A few years later I took the photo along to get signed when India were touring here, and it has sat on my desk ever since. To have the opportunity to play such a legend was a dream come true, and to have sat behind the stumps as he played one of the best one-day innings seen on New Zealand soil, was an honour and a memory I will cherish long after I hang up the gloves.

He has been one of the players I have enjoyed watching play over the years, much like Jesse will be for future generations, and it is remarkable how things can turn full circle.

Hopefully there are players throughout the pacific inspired by Jesse and Ross Taylor’s performances, that are motivated to try and be the worlds best cricketers regardless of their nationality.

As cricket in these smaller nations continues to grow, hopefully one day these players will get a chance to play against their heroes, on the world stage, much like I did with Sachin.

We can only wait and see…

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That was your best article yet Peter, found it very interesting.

How else was in the Maori team?

Comment by Jack | 12:00am BST 8 April 2009

Great article, Peter. Gave me a kick to see the news of your call-up on the BBC website – will you wear the McGlashan tartan?!

Comment by Dave Wilson | 12:00am BST 8 April 2009

Hi Peter,

Another very Interesting read. I do like the picture of you with Sachin and Sanjay.

It must have been a great experience seeing the person in close quarters whom you sought autographs 10 years ago. You must have been the best person in the ground to witness that 163 from Sachin.

Good you decided to stick to playing for NZL.would have missed your lovely switch hits 🙂


Comment by Ganesh | 12:00am BST 8 April 2009

Hi Jack, glad you enjoyed the read, Majority of the team were fringe players so unfortunately not too many of them have kicked on. Wikipedia Linkāori_cricket_team
Jonathan McNamee played NZ 19s, and a handful of the boys have played 1st class cricket.

Dave- not sure I’m allowed under my NZ Cricket contract but I’ll be trying to swap a shirt with one of the Scottish lads. Can’t imagine it would be too pleasant for anyone involved if I kept in a kilt either!

Comment by Peter McGlashan | 12:00am BST 8 April 2009

Really enjoyed reading that Peter!

Comment by Martyn | 12:00am BST 9 April 2009

Superb article, Peter! I especially loved the description of Ash’s over to the New Guinea No.9 batsman. You are absolutely right about the great pleasure one derives from just playing this great game.

Comment by Bagapath | 12:00am BST 11 April 2009

Love it Peter! Congrats again on the call up.

Comment by Zac | 12:00am BST 12 April 2009

Hi Peter..Sandy frm India. First of all, congrats on getting selected to the nz team for the t20 wc. Even though I’ll be supporting India, i really hope u guys do well. In fact an Ind-nz final wud be perfect. U guys are seriously good at t20(2-0 victory over india,2007 semis etc a testimony to the fact). Good luck, and I look forward to see you replicate your napier odi heroics!

Comment by sandy_india | 12:00am BST 13 April 2009

Am very glad that you are posting of what you have in your mind.:)

Jesse is of course a good batsman. He could become a good medium pacer after undergoing some hard bowling trainings. If Jesse excels his bowling skills you guys could get another Styris.

McG!, please say who is your favorite man behind the stumps. Inspired by whom did you choose to be a wicket-keeper?

Heard that you are in the WC squad. I became a fan of yours after watching your maiden ODI half ton. Please do play some McC style shots. I know that you are a very good reverse-shots player. Try playing switch-hits. Please entertain us as much as you could. As T20 is your favorite format, make a 100. It is possible. Put your full efforts. Here there are fans for you cheering. We will be supporting you sitting in front of the television.

A request…
Please try to post a blog at the end of every match.
Keep moving.

Comment by GIlly_da_gr8 | 12:00am BST 14 April 2009

Just want to reiterate, as a long time member of CricketWeb, that the columns of Peter and Matthew are an absolute pleasure to read, and probably the best thing about the website at the moment.

It’s a real credit to both of you that you take the time out to do this, and that you’ve managed to avoid the cliched, ghost written articles that everyone is far too used to seeing in the main sources of the media.

Great job, guys.

Comment by Jack McNamara | 12:00am BST 15 April 2009

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