Women’s team at the Auckland University Cricket Club. SUPPLIED / 24012628
Cook Islands Cricket Association (CICA) is developing a New Zealand based training programme for their players, to work in conjunction with their local programme.
month, the national team has been in Auckland, New Zealand, training and
getting into shape at the Auckland University Cricket Club.
president Grant Walker says it was through Matt Taylor, the president of
Auckland University Cricket Club (AUCC) and father of new national team player
Oscar Taylor, that they were provided use of their new high-performance
facility, the AUCC.
really set the tone for our tour. It showed we are building an
international level program despite our significant disadvantages, in
population, remoteness, lack of facilities and most of all funding.
programme must be more flexible, smarter, and take advantage of every
opportunity presented to match the size and power of the other countries.
think we can achieve that.”
programme got the women into shape and ready for the 2024 SouthSeas Pacific Cup
International Women’s Tournament last week, where they finished in fifth place.
training programme is also a boost for the men’s side for the 2024 ICC World
Cup Men’s qualifier in Samoa later in the year.
says: “We cannot expect to compete and succeed without some continuity.
will be setting that up in the coming weeks looking to continue the programme
after the New Zealand season ends on March 31.”
says the new T20 Super Slam is to start in Rarotonga from next month and it
will focus on coaching, umpiring and scoring.
Super Slam will be held in a span of four months with four select men’s and
four women’s teams which will be held every Saturday for three weeks with the
fourth week off, a total of 12 games in four months.
they also have a collegiate series planned for the youth programme along with
some programmes for the Pa Enua.
Walker has reiterated the need to have a national training facility built in
want to develop cricket in the Cooks, we need better facilities. We need a
national oval, as we are the only country in the world with two international
rankings and no legal playing field.”
Cook Islands will be in the Pacific Cup for the next several years, along with
their International Cricket Council (ICC) pathway commitments.
developed a lot of support, and we will build on that, but as always it will
come down to whether we can get sufficient funding and sponsorship to keep our
momentum and programme going.”
Cook Islands have to play countries that have a combined 200 times more than
Cook Islands funding.
we’ve done to date has been incredible, and people have taken notice. As
I like to say “if Goliath beats David it’s not news, but when David wins, it’s
a Bible story”. We plan to make history.”
earlier this month, Walker attended
the ICC EAP Regional Conference held at the New Zealand Cricket
offices where he was able to advance the cause of CICA.
talked about the challenges, the potential support programs, and formed plans
to work cooperatively with the other regional members.
don’t want to keep rotating games and ranking points against each other, we are
developing pathways to bring other regions into our area for
competitions. I think the natural beauty of our region can be leveraged into
cricket tourism, benefiting all of us”.
Tomakanute Ritawa and Makiroa Mato attended the first ICC Master Educator
Umpiring Tutor course allowing them to hold local clinics and issue level one
umpiring credentials to those that complete them.
says “This is a key to building back up our umpiring programme. It will
alleviate the need for a trainer to be brought in from overseas, and give us a
better reach and approach, it’s a game changer.”