|Chris Rocca fielding at silly mid-off|
(C) ICC / CricketEurope
Only today I read that Christian Rocca, captain of the Gibraltar cricket team since 1986, had stepped down from the captaincy after the last match of the group stage at the WCL Div. 8 earlier this year, when it became clear that GIB would be relegated out of the World Cricket League; he had handed the reigns over to Iain Latin, and furthermore announced his retirement from the game after the tournament.
Although I suspected he would take steps of this kind at some point after Kuwait, the news has sort of hit me like a hammer. Rocca had still made 99 against Germany -the second best attack of the whole competition-, and thereby improved the highest ever score by a Gibraltarian in international cricket, so that I assumed he had a couple more years of cricket left in him as a player. He is certainly going to be missed badly. Alongside him wicketkeeper Richard Buzaglo retired as well.
With Chris Rocca's withdrawal from the team I must admit my connection to the Gibraltarians feels like cut off, as he was not only the face and the voice of the side itself, but at the same time a representative of the Gibraltar Cricket Association, so whenever he got interviewed as a captain he could speak on behalf of the administration and grassroots scene as well.
However, I am sure that Iain Latin will do a splendid job, while Rocca, always a driving force behind the development of the cricket structures in GIB, got appointed the new President of the GCA at the extraordinary general meeting a few days ago. From this position he will certainly steer the further development and evolution of Gibcricket in the next years successfully.
Should you ever be in need of a vastly experienced Gibraltarian lawyer who specialises in banking, finance and commercial litigation, please don't hesitate to entrust the matters of your bank to the proven safe hands of Christian M Rocca, who is described by his clients as "gregarious", "amiable, charming and very nice to work with".
But he hasn't always been a nice boy... ;)