Vanuatu Cricket welcomes new National Head Coach

AS part of Vanuatu Cricket Association’s (VCA) plans for growth and expansion of cricket in Vanuatu, we are excited to announce the appointment of a new High Performance Manager and National Head Coach, Peter Buchanan.

New VCA head coach Peter Buchanan.
New VCA head coach Peter Buchanan.

Peter is from Melbourne, Australia and comes with 25 years of coaching experience at all levels in numerous countries around the world. He will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience which he will pass on to all of the players and indigenous coaches within the VCA.

Shane Deitz, CEO of the VCA said they advertised worldwide and had applications from England, South Africa, Pakistan, Kenya, India, UAE and Australia.

“Peter ticked the boxes for us and will have a big impact not just on the players but the development of our young coaches,” he said.

“The teams have had some success over the past 10 years and cricket is a fast growing sport around the world and we, the VCA, need to keep moving forward to compete on the world stage as we aim for a position at a world cup in the future.

“We know Peter will help the whole organisation with his experience and skills and we are lucky to get him on board to help the VCA achieve our goals,” Deitz said.

When asked about coming to Vanuatu, Peter replied, “I have seen and heard about cricket in Vanuatu especially on social media and I am excited about this opportunity.

“The players have great skill and potential and I hear train very hard so I want to add some more things to their game and help Vanuatu Cricket to improve for the future. I also look forward to working with the coaches and progressing their careers so they can also begin to get more opportunities around the world.

“I have been to Vanuatu on holiday before and had a great time, the people were very friendly and I really enjoyed being there. Now I have an opportunity to live in Vanuatu and be part of the community and it is very exciting,” he said

The schedule for Vanuatu Cricket in 2019 is a very busy one. The National Men’s team have three tournaments. They will play round two of the T/20 World Cup Qualifier in PNG commencing March 20 then the Pacific Games in July where they will go to defend their gold medal from 2015.

They will play their last tournament of the year in September where they will begin the newly formed World Cricket Challenge which is a three year competition and involves teams ranked 21st – 32nd in the world. The top 2 teams from this tournament will move into the last stage of the 50 over World Cup Qualifier.

The National Women’s Team have their world Cup Qualifier which will commence on May 6 and the U/19’s will travel to Japan for their World Cup Qualifying tournament.

The introduction of Peter into all these programs will assist Vanuatu Cricket to continue their success on and off the field, the VCA said.