Canada’s failure to qualify for the 2014 Women’s Twenty/20 World Cup in Bangladesh is not surprising.
With minimal preparation as a unit, the national side finished seventh in the just concluded eight-team qualifier in Ireland with one win in four matches.
Canada succumbed to Sri Lanka by nine wickets with 63 balls to spare, Ireland by 77 runs and Thailand by 13 runs. The national side’s only victory was against Japan by five wickets with five balls remaining.
Despite the disappointment, coach George Codrington remains optimistic.
“I think we were as good as the other teams except Pakistan and Sri Lanka,” said Codrington, a former Barbados youth player and Canadian senior team all-rounder. “The difference right now is playing experience as we did not play as a group for 18 months going into the qualifier. We have to find a way for our players to compete regularly and we must come up with a viable domestic competition. There are four women teams in the Toronto league and about eight national players are on one team. That’s not good for the development of the sport.”
Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Ireland will join Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies in next year’s World Cup to be staged from March 16 to April 6.
Meantime, former Canadian men’s coach, Andy Pick, is the new United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) high performance manager. The International Cricket Council (ICC) America’s high performance manager for the past four years will still be partially employed in that role while splitting his workload between the ICC Americas office in Toronto and USACA’s headquarters in Florida.
“There is a lot of natural talent in the USA,” said Pick. “In the past, the pathway from talent discovery through to players becoming established international cricketers has not always been clear. Having been involved in high performance planning and delivery for the past 14 years, I hope I can make that pathway more accessible and transparent.”
Two months ago, Pick organized and oversaw USACA’s inaugural Under-19 selection combine and in July he drove from Toronto to Florida to work with USACA chief executive Darren Beazley to prepare the U.S. men’s senior team for the ICC World Cup Twenty/20 qualifier in November.
“USACA is extremely pleased to have the support of an experienced cricket administrator such as Andy Pick to provide a dedicated focus on establishing the correct structures and processes to ensure USACA identifies and develops talent wherever talented men and women reside across the country,” said Beazley. “His intimate knowledge of cricket in the USA and of our playing lists will be very important, particularly as our men’s team commences preparation for the ICC Twenty/20 qualifier in Dubai in November.”
Pick was appointed the national coach in March 2006 in the 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.