Michael Dighton, the former Tasmania batsman, has been named Canada's new coach. Dighton replaces ex-Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Pubudu Dassanayake, who took over as Nepal's coach on October 1.

A handy batsman, Dighton, 35, has played 71 first-class matches, including some on the English domestic circuit for Derbyshire and Hampshire. He has also played the Clydesdale Bank 40 (England's domestic 40-over tournament) for Netherlands, as an overseas signing. He assisted the Netherlands squad during the 2011 World Cup, and has previously worked as head coach of Cricket Australia's National Emerging Talent Rookie Squad and batting coach of the Tasmania Under-23 side.

Vimal Hardat, Cricket Canada's vice-president, said the board were pleased to have Dighton heading the national team. "We are thrilled to have someone of Michael's background on board to direct our drive to the 2015 Cricket World Cup and restore our position as one of the top Associate Cricket Nations," he said. "Michaels drive and determination to succeed will be a welcome addition to our programmes."

Dighton said he would initially focus on the basics. "I will place much emphasis on physical preparation [fitness] and fielding, the two areas that we can control and always improve on," he said. "I will encourage an attacking and dynamic brand of cricket, combined with smart decision making."