Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Woolmer takes up new ICCs high profile role
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2001, 16:16 [IST]
London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed Bob Woolmer to the new position of ICC High Performance Manager, responsible for working with member countries Canada, Holland, Kenya and Namibia to assist them prepare for the challenge of competing in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, according to an official media release.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The 18-month contract runs from October up to and including the WorldCup. In his new role Woolmer will work closely with countries with different levels of exposure to ODI cricket, the release said. Kenya is the most experienced at this level having been granted ODI status in 1999. It has played in three past World Cups and also hosted the 2000 ICC Knock Out. Canada will be going to its second World Cup after qualifying previously in 1979, while Holland too has World Cup experience, having made its debut during the 1996 event in Asia. South Africa 2003 will be Namibia's first experience of senior ODI cricket. "Bob knows first hand what it is like to compete at a World Cup and how to prepare for the pressure that cricket at that level brings," ICC Development Manager Andrew Eade said."In addition to his vast experience he has many innovative ideas about how to bridge the skill gap between Associate and Full Member cricket. He also has a genuine interest in fostering the game globally, so in all respects we could not have wished for a more suitable candidate for this exciting new position," he added.Woolmer will carry out an initial visit to each country before the end of the year, during which he will hold talks with officials from each cricket board to formulate a programme designed to develop playing skills, peaking for the World Cup. "My main aim is to help these countries set up programmes that allow their players to improve their skill levels. That will involve working with coaches to set up training facilities that will help them train and play in a way that maximises their potential," Woolmer said. "If we are successful in achieving that the model will be there for further countries to emulate, providing a blueprint for the ICC to truly globalise the game."Bob Woolmer was appointed after an extensive selection process involving high calibre candidates from Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan,Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The ICC High Performance Programme has a total budget of $ 1 million upTo the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.