In 2019, The ICC Cricket World Cup returns to England for the first time in 20 years. With over one million people expecting to attend matches and World Cup activation in England and Wales this summer.
Mfa Zaman became the part of The ‘World Cup Cricketeers’ in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which is the world’s biggest cricket event. The London Olympic 2012 Ambassador Zaman is also a Selector in Selection boardto choose volunteers from around the world for this most interesting cricket tournament.
The ‘World Cup Cricketeers’ as they will be known, will make up 4,000 volunteers who will be the faces of the international tournament, welcoming fans, cricketers from around the world to England and Wales when the ICC Cricket World Cup returns for the first time since 1999.
Volunteering gave the opportunity to Ex-homeless Zaman to make a positive impact on his life. He was part the London Olympic 2012 and The Rugby World Cup 2015 England. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 published a special article on Zaman for his dedication to volunteer service which inspired millions of people around the world. Already he has played a key role as a Selector to select volunteers from around the world for this big event of world cricket. More than 20,000 people showed interest, 10,000 applications received and 6,000 applicants interviewed for the 4,000 volunteers role.
Team London Ambassador of the Mayor of London, Zaman said, It is a dream for me to be part of the ICC Cricket World Cup after the London Olympic and the Rugby World Cup England. Being a genuine volunteer, it transformed my life while I had no way to stand on my own feet. Volunteering helped me to way out from a hopeless life with difficulties, stress, by giving new skills, confidence and vision. Volunteering is my passion and it has helped me in so many ways. 10 years ago I was homeless and unsure about my next step and this volunteering gave me a golden opportunity to make a positive impact on my life. I had nothing even no shade on head and no support from anyone. But I never give up because I was confident, if I will get support with chance than I will reach to my vision. Not many people but since my story has published by ICC Cricket World Cup, millions of people and friends know my struggle and fighting story to overcome and achieve the success which inspire and motivate millions around the world.
20 years ago as a school boy I watched the Men’s Cricket World Cup in England and after 20 years, it is crazy to think I am the key part of this international tournament. It is a big honour for me to help as a Selector where I select the most dedicated volunteer who is experienced, enthusiastic and passionate. With selection board, selectors worked hard to choose the right person for a memorable event.My dedicated volunteer services brought a huge positive impact in my life and the British society. Now it is time to give back to volunteering service with my experience.
In the past, I represented the United Kingdom to the world as an Ambassador and I will make the ICC Cricket World as most ever successful event with my aspiration.
In reply to, how to be a quality volunteer improve and improve this service, Zaman said, It is important to maintain time, ethics, value and a positive attitude to be a best volunteer. Nothing is ease but it is possible when the intention is clear and honest. Also there are many reasons for people not to volunteer. Volunteering has image problem, particularly with young men and older people. Our youth thinks volunteering is only for retired people with time on their hands or they don’t have enough time or not knowing anyone who helps them to involve in volunteering. And for older people, the barriers are health problem, financial issues, lack of transport facility or caring responsibilities such as looking after partner, grandchild. So the voluntary organisations, local councils and charities should promote the value of volunteering and provide help, training, support. It will encourage them to involve in volunteer service. For both sides, we need to keep the balance. Let’s offer opportunities based on the needs and interest of potential, genuine volunteers; rather than on the needs of the organisation managing them.
ICC Cricket World Cup will begin on 30th May Thursday at The Oval and the final match on 14th July Sunday at The Lord’s Cricket Ground. Across 11 host venues and cities the volunteers will play a key role in the delivery of the 6 week tournament with a range of roles including spectator services, transport, broadcast & media, accreditation and hospitality.
Mfa Zaman has been awarded for his dedicated volunteer service by The Faith & Belief Forum 2018, The Muslim News 2018, Muslim Aid 2014 and nominated for an award by The Calderdale Community Service. The founder of Safe & Save, Zaman is an ECB cricket umpire. As a first Bengali Muslim he was interviewed by the famous BBC One Show where world’s most profileic personality attended. Also his project news covered by BBC and other media service. He runs in London Marathon, Brighton, Birmingham Marathon and many half marathons to help the disabled kids who are involved with sports. His run has promoted by world famous cricketers such as Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Clive Hubert Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge MBE, British athlete Daley Thompson MBE, David Hemery CBE, David Weir CBE, Katherine Grainger DBE, Andy Barrow, Shelly Woods, British comedian Russell Brand. His article published in various organisations which motivate & inspired many to make a positive change in life and give service as volunteer. He served the Volunteer Centre Lewisham as a Vice-Chairman. He is the co-founder of Community of Jews & Muslims and involve with Team London, Near Neighbours, Active Newham, Newham Cricket Club, Bart’s Health NHS Trust.
Zaman became the most fortunate person because ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 published a special article on his motivational journey and dedicated volunteer service which inspired millions of people around the world to involve in volunteer service and to make a positive vibe in life. Link – https://www.cricketworldcup.com/news/en/1082418
Mfa Zaman is on twitter @mfazaman9