Adam Zampa, vegan cricketer

Adam has become one of the most respected spin bowlers of his generation, representing South Australia and the Australian National team.  He’s also has success in the 20 Twenty format in some of the most competitive competitions on the globe. He’s played with Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder, and went on to take a highly contested place in the Indian Premier League, representing Rising Pune Supergiants.  He’s also played in the Caribbean Premier League and in 2019 renewed his contract to play for Essex in England.

At the start of 2020 he had taken 65 wickets in the One Day Internationals and 28 in T20 Internationals, with 149 in other T20 matches.

After converting from bowling medium pace as a boy, Adam made the Australian Under 19 team where he played in the U19 World Cup.  By 2012-3 he was playing for New South Wales, taking five wickets on debut.

In the 2016 T20 World Cup he joined the Australia squad and finished as Australia’s highest wicket taker with an economy rate of 6.27%.  While playing in the Indian Premier League he broke a tournament record when he took six wickets for just 19 runs.

Vegan

In mid 2013, Adam went vegan.  He was inspired by his father Darren, and Darren’s partner Harriet, and Adam found that he lost weight initially.  However, he was inspired by ethical considerations. 

“When I moved to South Australia I found that to live a sustainable life you don’t need to eat animals or treat animals the way we do” Adam explained. “Even with dairy, you open your eyes to what the dairy industry is like with eggs and chickens and things like that.

“I met some animals, some cows, and just thought, ‘This isn’t food. They’re sentient beings who deserve a life as well’.”

A future in the sport

The 2019 World Cup was disappointing for Australia and for Adam in particular as he only played four matches following the rise of spin bowler Nathan Lyons.

He’s planning to keep to the same plans that have been successful for him until now. “I’m not going to change too much,” he said in an interview with News18.com “I’ve had a really good few years in one-day cricket, particularly at the domestic level.  I’m pretty consistent, so I’m going to keep it pretty simple and do what I’ve always done, pretty much.”

He also has animals in mind – including his rescued goats.

“Harriet’s mum was driving down from Darwin and this property nearby was going to get rid of this goat,” Zampa said. “So we thought we’d take it on, and it happened to be pregnant. So Harriet (his partner) helped it give birth and now we’ve got three goats.  It’s nice to have something to concentrate on outside of cricket life.”

He’s also appeared on bus adverts across Adelaide, Australia, asking people not to eat animals. “Waking up every day and not having that guilty conscience, knowing that you’re not affecting any animals out there. The environment as well is pretty important to me,” he says.

“When I look at things I just look at the impact it’s [going to] have on people, on animals, on the environment. Your actions always impact someone so, if you can just minimize that impact – it makes a huge difference.”

More on Adam’s career

Adam going vegan

The vegan cricketer

Adam’s ad for veganism

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