Associate nation coaches link up for summit
ICC Media Release
The coaches from the six Associate countries to have qualified for next year's ICC Cricket World Cup will get together this week as part of the ICC High Performance Program (HPP) to review their programs ahead of the Caribbean tournament.
Gus Logie (Bermuda), Andy Pick (Canada), Adrian Birrell (Ireland), Roger Harper (Kenya), Peter Cantrell (the Netherlands) and Peter Drinnen (Scotland) will assemble in Glasgow for a two-day seminar on Wednesday and Thursday, 21 & 22 June.
Led by ICC High Performance Manager Richard Done, the group will look at a host of topics including teamwork, sports science and other support services, fitness, skill development, match tactics, specialist coaching and match analysis.
They will also benefit from Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore's attendance over both days, drawing on his experiences of building a high performance environment both in his current role and with 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup winners Sri Lanka.
Explaining the purpose of the gathering, Richard Done said: 'Although each of the countries and coaches have their own individual priorities, together they share a common goal which is the improvement of Associate cricket.
'Gathering everyone together now allows us to review where we are as an HPP group and focus on the essentials for each country to work on ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
'Our belief is that by bringing the experience of these coaches together they can learn from each other's approaches and ensure they are well prepared for what lies ahead over the next nine months.'
The meeting comes ahead of an intense period of cricket for the ICC Cricket World Cup Associate qualifiers. After ODIs for Scotland (against Pakistan), the Netherlands (against Sri Lanka) and Kenya (against Bangladesh) over the next month, every one of the six countries will play ODIs against each other in August.
Looking further ahead, a Winter Training Camp for the leading Associate players has been penciled in for October and November before the World Cricket League Division One takes places in Kenya in the run-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup in March 2007.