By RON FANFAIR
Cricket Canada is negotiating with an Australian who has been offered the national coaching job.
“We are going through the process with him and we hope to have the deal completed in two weeks once he accepts,” said Cricket Canada’s first vice-president Ravin Moorthy.
A reliable source told Share that former Barbados and West Indies middle-order batsman Emmerson Trotman is next in line to receive an offer if an agreement is not reached with the Aussie.
Trotman coached The Netherlands from 1996-2004 and was the Barbados senior team coach in 2010 before assuming the role of batting coach this season.
Nearly 30 candidates, mainly from Australia, South Africa, India, the West Indies and England, applied for the Canadian coaching job vacated by former Sri Lanka and Canada wicketkeeper/batsman Pubudu Dassanayake after the World Cup.
The list was reduced to eight who were interviewed.
Ex-Canadian opening batsman and Cricket Canada’s Development officer Ingleton Liburd has been filling in on an interim basis. He’s expected to coach the national side in next month’s International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup contest from September 13-16 and two One-Day Internationals on September 19 and 20 in Ireland.
“Getting a new coach in place before the Irish tour is not a deal maker,” said Moorthy. “What will be preferable is to have him accompany Liburd and get a feel for things before he takes over completely.”
With Liburd at the helm, a second string national side won the Americas Cup Twenty/20 series in Florida last month. He also coached Canada to a 34-run win in the Auty Memorial Cup two-day match against the United States last week at Toronto Cricket Club ground.
Final scores were Canada 239-4 declared off 45 overs (Hiral Patel 75, Nitesh Kumar 58, Rustum Bhatti 53) and 231-6 declared off 40 overs (Jimmy Hansra 100, Hiral Patel 80); the USA 166 off 42.4 overs (Khurram Chohan 3-40) and 270 off 39.4 overs (Jimmy Hansra 3-39, Junaid Siddiqui 3-71, Parth Desai 3-72).
Hansra, who replaced Ashish Bagai as captain after the World Cup, won the Man-of-the-Match award for his 89-ball century that included six sixes and seven boundaries and his three-wicket haul in the second innings.
Liburd also coached Canada in last year’s sixth biennial Americas Cup competition in Bermuda when Dassanayake was attending a Cricket Australia High Performance Clinic, this month’s ICC Intercontinental Cup four-day fixture and two ODI’s against Afghanistan and in the Ethiad Summer festival involving the Afghans, the USA and the eventual winners Trinidad & Tobago.