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Cricket Canada has announced the appointments of its two Development Officers. Keith Deonarine has been appointed as Cricket Development Officer with responsibilities for Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. Kulbir Jaswal will hold identical Cricket Development Officer responsibilities for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The respective appointments were made towards the execution of Cricket Canada’s mandate to significantly increase both the levels of participation and popularity of Canadian cricket. The primary focus of the Cricket Development Officer’s role will be on significantly increasing male and female participation, while ensuring that there is a solid pathway to the further nurturing of identified talented players.
Cricket Canada’s October 6, 2020 Advertisement had listed the following four Key Responsibilities for the two Development Officer Positions:
1. To increase the number of regular junior cricketers in Canada through sustainable growth of the current Cricket Canada Kids Program.
2. Increase the number of females involved in cricket programs and playing in organized competitions.
3. Assist Cricket Canada’s General Manager with other domestic development initiatives and competitions.
4. Develop partnerships with key stakeholders to ensure the sustainability and growth of grassroots programs.
Deonarine and Jaswal were appointed following Cricket Canada’s review of the volumes of applications that were received from individuals expressing their interest in the positions.
Keith Deonarine’s involvement with Canadian cricket has been outstanding. He represented Canada at the U19 and U23 levels and was the 1992 recipient of the prestigious EMU Award as the country’s most outstanding Junior Cricketer. Deonarine has also served as a Manitoba Development Coach and was directly responsible for introducing cricket to many elementary, middle and high school students within the Province. He has also served (2010-2012) a Canadian National men’s Cricket Team Selector and as Cricket Canada’s Performance Analyst (2012-2016).
Kulbir Jaswal’s Canadian cricket involvement is equally impressive. As a certified Cricket West Indies Level 3 Coach, Jaswal has fulfilled several National and Provincial Coach roles,. Most recently he was the Assistant Coach for the Canadian team’s participation in the 2019 South Africa hosted ICC u19 World Cup, He also served as the Head Coach of the Canadian National Team at the 2018 West Indies Regional U19 Tournament. He was also the Canadian Team Analyst for the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup.