Canada news April 25, 2012

Canada's coach Michael Dighton resigns

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Dighton has resigned as Canada's coach after being in charge of the side for eight months. Dighton accompanied the team on a preparation camp for the World Twenty20 Qualifier in Sri Lanka, the World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE and Canada's tour of Namibia during his tenure.

Cricket Canada vice president Vimal Hardat said he was disappointed to lose a coach with the calibre of Dighton. "[We] understand his reasons [for resigning] and thank him for his contribution to Cricket Canada. We wish him all the best in the future," Hardat said.

Cricket Canada's CEO Doug Hannum said that the board will need to find a replacement quickly as Canada look to qualify for the 2014 T20 Cricket World Cup and the 2015 Cricket World Cup. "[A replacement will be found] well in time for the national team's trip to Scotland in July. We are certainly focussed on putting our best foot forward to get ourselves into the next World Cup cycle and a new coach will be an integral part of that."

Dighton who hails from Queensland has represented Netherlands, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Tasmania and Western Australia. He took charge of Canada's team in October 2011 but they failed to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 being played in Sri Lanka in September this year.

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  • Speed on April 27, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    The canadian cricket board is as much as a political zoo as the parliament.

    I can see why the coach quit. The vice-president himself plays in an Elite Team based on the fact he is the "Vice-President", and not on his performance. So go figure what the rest of them do.

  • Dwight on April 25, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    @Hoggy_1989...its clearly not the weather..its the lack of leadership in management, poor infrastucture from the grassroot level up and reliance on expats on the team rather than homegrown talent. Cricket Canada & all associates should look at Ireland and learn.

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Must have been difficult for him. if you know him he is not a quitter. Only wish him well.

  • Andrew on April 25, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Perhaps he will coach the Bangas?

  • Stuart on April 25, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @Hoggy_1989: It's the weather.

  • Rathan on April 25, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Disappointing to see Michael leave his position after such a short period of time, especially with so much positive change happening with the sport in Canada.

    Best of luck to him, a good guy, as he continues to learn his craft and progresses through the coaching ranks.

  • A on April 25, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    There must be something seriously wrong within Canadian cricket...a lot of people have walked out in a very short period of time. Wonder what it is...

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