USA Cricket has announced the appointment of a Menís and Women's Youth Coach starting next month.
Kevin Darlington has been appointed as the Menís Youth Coach and will take on the primary responsibility for coaching the USA Cricket Menís Under 19 team and other junior teams, as well as providing assistant coaching support to the Menís National Team.
Darlington has more than twenty years of coaching experience across USA, Guyana and England.
He was the assistant coach to the USA Menís team for a two-year period from 2018 to 2019 that culminated in USA gaining ODI status for the first time at ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia.
(Kevin Darlington playing for the USA)
As a player, he played first-class cricket for Guyana before going on to debut for USA in 2010, where he opened the bowling at the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE.
Resident in Brooklyn, New York he is also well versed in local league and academy cricket right across the East Coast.
Asif Mujtaba has been appointed as the Womenís Youth Coach and will take on primary responsibility for identifying and developing young female cricketers, and building a junior squad of players to compete for places in USA Cricketís new Womenís Under 19 program, as well as providing assistant coaching support to the Womenís National Team.
Mujtaba has more than twenty years of coaching experience across USA, Pakistan, England, and Bangladesh. He has most recently been working as a Youth Coach in Dallas, Texas.
As a player, he had a 22-year first-class career that included 25 Tests and 66 ODIs for Pakistan.
Resident in Plano, Texas, he has strong experience of Youth and Womenís coaching and cricket development.
USA Cricket Operations Director, Richard Done said, ďAfter a comprehensive recruitment process, we are elated to be able to announce the appointments of Kevin and Asif to these important new coaching roles for USA Cricket.
"We are lucky to have had such an experienced field apply for the roles and we would like to thank everyone for their interest and input over recent months. As we continue to lay the platform for future growth in this country, we anticipate there will be more opportunities for those in the field to contribute to the success of USA Cricket going forward.
(Asif Mujtaba bowling)
"We believe we have appointed two great coaches, with strong track records, who will make a big impact for American cricket and I am looking forward to working closely with them both.
"Kevin and Asifís roles will both have a specific focus on identifying and nurturing homegrown talent, as well as working closely on developing the player pathways and related programs to give the next generation of young girls and boys the best opportunity to succeed.Ē