A familiar face is coming back to Toronto to be engaged in the development of cricket.
Former Canadian coach Andy Pick has been appointed the International Cricket Council (ICC) Development Performance Officer for the Americas. He will assume his new role on October 15.
Pick, who was in the city last week for meetings with ICC Americas Region manager, Martin Vieira, to whom he will report, will be responsible for the management, planning and implementation of a wide variety of programs aimed at assisting the continued growth, development and improvement of cricket within the Americas region’s 17 members countries.
His areas of focus will include elite cricket education, including player and coach development, the implementation of advanced development pathways from the junior to elite level and managing targeted performance through country development plans.
As part of his high performance/elite development tasks, Pick – among other things – is required to co-ordinate a database of high performance centres/academies globally for access by regional countries in the ICC High Performance program and World Cricket League and support the planning and coordination of national squad training camps in the more developed countries.
He is expected to work closely with the coaches preparing the Canadian and American squads for the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand next January.
A former Nottinghamshire and England “A” medium-pacer, Pick is a lead tutor, assessor and mentor on the English and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) National Coaching Scheme and an England Under-19 selector and head coach.
He replaced Dominican-born Phil DeFreitas as the Notts bowling coach last February.
Pick was appointed the Canadian team’s coach in March 2006 in its build up to the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies where the national side bounced back from a disappointing loss to Kenya to post creditable performances against England and New Zealand in St. Lucia.
Though he officially stepped down as Canada’s coach after the World Cup when his contract expired, Pick agreed to coach the side in the Intercontinental Cup final against Ireland in May 2007.
Pick’s was one of three ICC Americas staffing positions filled recently. Former Barbados and West Indies youth player, Wendell Coppin, is the new Regional Development Officer based in Barbados while Kelly Hunter replaces Natasha Walcott as the Regional Project Officer based in Toronto.
Walcott resigned last March after just five months in the position to return to the federal government where she worked for eight years with the Canada Border Services Agency.
Coppin, a former teacher, is currently employed as a West Indies Cricket Board territorial officer and a tutor on WICB Level One and Two courses.
He played one game for Hampshire’s Second XI and made a sole one-day appearance for Norfolk in the 1999 Nat West Trophy competition.
Hunter is a graduate of Brock University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management.
Meanwhile, Canada’s contracted players are preparing for next year’s World Cup Twenty/20 qualifier in the United Arab Emirates through short-term overseas assignments during the winter.
Skipper and wicketkeeper, Ashish Bagai and medium pacer, Harvir Baidwan, are playing club cricket in Sri Lanka where fellow medium pacers Henry Osinde and Umar Bhatti will join them later this month.
All-rounder Khurram Chohan is in Pakistan while former national skipper Sunil Dhaniram is expected to return to his native Guyana.
Canada, along with host country the UAE, Ireland, Kenya, The Netherlands, Afghanistan, Scotland and the United States, will take part in the qualifier. The top two sides will join the ICC’s 10 Full members in the global Twenty/20 competition next April and May in Barbados, St. Lucia and Guyana.