The most capped national cricketer replaces Alister Stevic, who stepped down from the top role after six years at helm, to pursue other challenges.
Cook Islands Cricket said in a statement that after a long and detailed process, they were excited to secure the service of Teinaki to spearhead the association.
“Teinaki was born and raised in Pukapuka, living his teen and young adult life in Tupapa before leaving for New Zealand in 2010,” the statement said.
“Since 2010, Teinaki has been playing cricket for the Manukau Cricket Club building a strong network of coaches, umpires and players within the region.”
Teinaki, who will take over the role in early April, is excited with the opportunity to work with the national cricketing community. He is devoted to building strong junior competitions and in seeing the Cook Islands men’s and women’s national cricketing teams performing on the international stage.
The association said Teinaki is no stranger to international cricket, having represented the country in over 40 matches, making him one of the Cook Islands most capped cricketers.
He has both a level 2 coaching certificate and a level 2 umpire’s certificate and is one of the few people in the region to be an International Cricket Council (ICC)-qualified coach presenter.
The association said his relationships in Auckland, Northern Districts and experience within the ICC means he brings with him strong networks, experience and the qualifications to continue to build cricket in the Cook Islands.
“His vision, passion and enthusiasm for the role and the future of Cook Islands Cricket makes him an exciting appointment.”
Outgoing chief executive officer Stevic wished Teinaki the best in his new role.