Raza steps down

Aamir Raza (Jacob Pattison)386773_01

Taylors Lakes will have a new coach for the next Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association season.

The club announced on social media that Aamir Raza wouldn’t be continuing in the role next season.

“We would like to extend our sincerest thanks and best wishes to Raza,” the club said.

“Raza has been instrumental in the continued development of TLCC, he has worked exceptionally hard to improve training standards and on field performances, culminating in three of our four VSDCA sides making the finals in 2023-24 season.

“In addition to his role as senior coach, he has also held the role of JG Craig Shield coach in the past two seasons and is also the reigning club champion player, having won the Charlie Attard medal in season 2022-23.

“Thanks Raza, we appreciate everything you have done for our great club.”

Raza was meant to be an assistant coach during the 2022-23 season but stepped up into the senior role after the late departure of Alex Deuchar.

He said in September when the opportunity arose to coach, it was something that he couldn’t say no to.

“I was just looking forward to coming back and playing some more cricket,” he said at the time.

“It was quite a shock to hear that Alex [Deuchar] (former coach) was gone, we got on quite well, we were quite good friends.”

“To actually get the job was out of my wildest dreams, everything just happened so quickly.

The Lions top side finished the 2022-23 season in 11th spot, three games outside the top six.