A national senior cricket coach is expected to be in place in the next few weeks.
There were 12 applicants for the advertised position vacant since Gus Logie was fired last December after the Canadian team failed to qualify for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty/20 World Cup which Sri Lanka lifted last April.
Nottinghamshire’s bowling coach Andy Pick guided the national side that took part in the ICC World Cup qualifier in New Zealand last January. Canada finished eighth in the 10-team tournament.
A total of three applicants from the Greater Toronto Area – one of them has coached the senior team before – will be interviewed for the position in the next few days. Ingleton Liburd and two Cricket Canada executive members will conduct the interviews. The successful applicant will be signed for nine months.
“The contract could be extended based on the coach’s and team’s performance in that period,” said Liburd.
The coach will prepare Canada for the Americas Cup and the World Cricket League (WCL) Division Two tournaments to be staged in the first quarter of next year at venues to be announced.
Canada will join Namibia, The Netherlands, Kenya and the first- and second-place teams in the WCL Division Three competition in Uganda from October 26 to November 2 at the 2014 Division Two series. The top four teams will qualify for the 2018 World Cup qualifier while the bottom two teams will advance to the 2017 Division Three competition.
Meanwhile, this year’s World Twenty/20 participants The Netherlands and Nepal have been granted status in the game’s shorter version. They join Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and the United Arab Emirates as the ICC Associates with Twenty/20 status.
And, national player Nikhil Dhutta has returned home after a six-week stint with Stanmore Cricket Club which plays in the Middlesex league.
Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash, who has worked in the media and as Middlesex’s part-time batting coach since retiring from Surrey two years ago, recommended the 19-year-old Kuwait-born all-rounder for the spell.
“The last few weeks have been a great learning curve and exhilarating experience for me,” said Dhutta. “Training at Lords under the guidance of Mark has made me love the game more than ever. Being able to play under different conditions, whether it’s on the green turf, bowling long spells or even the distant format of the game, has made me grow from strength to strength as a cricketer and most important an individual.”
Meanwhile, the National Cricket League originally slated to start on July 19 has been rescheduled for September due to a lack of sponsorship.