Former Cayman Cricket technical director Peter Anderson plans to take some time away from the game after being terminated from the post last month.
“I’m having a break, mate,” Anderson told the Cayman Compass.
Anderson has been contacted by “six or seven” international teams, he said. But after a year-long battle with cancer, he says it’s time to take a break.
Both Anderson and senior development officer Connor Patterson are no longer with Cayman Cricket by way of “mutual agreement”, according to a press release from Cayman Cricket president Hector Robinson. Anderson declined to provide further details of his departure from the programme.
Cayman Cricket says the staff moves were made after the Cayman Cricket Board approved revised key strategic objectives.
“It is critical that those persons holding key positions within the coaching and development structure share the Board’s strategic objectives and are committed to working towards achieving them,” Robinson said in the release. “The process involved consultation with certain key stakeholders. As a result of this process the Board determined that new leadership is required at all levels of the programme.”
Long-time cricket technical director Theo Cuffy, who retired in 2016 prior to Anderson’s hire, added “It is a most unfortunate situation. I am unaware of the circumstances [surrounding] his dismissal.”
The move follows Cayman’s 0-6 showing in August’s International Cricket Council Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Region final. The team was without arguably its best player, Ramon Sealy, who was sidelined with a knee injury suffered while playing football.
“Most of the countries we are playing with are semi or full professional,” Cuffy said. “It is extremely difficult to have an 8 to 4 job and still put in the necessary hours to be able to compete. I am positive our players have accepted the amount of work required and dedicated enough to put in the effort.”
Anderson is a former Australian first-class cricketer. He played in 56 first-class matches from 1986 to 1994. He served as national team coach for the programmes in Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea before arriving in Cayman. Unofficially, Anderson compiled a 3-10 record in international matches spanning various formats according to media reports gathered by the Compass. The Cayman Cricket website does not list recent results. Anderson led Cayman to a best-ever ICC T20I ranking of 41st in the world, as of the 23 Aug. rankings. Cayman is now ranked 44th as of the 7 Oct. rankings. He arrived with a ranking of 52, Anderson said.
Cayman Cricket has advertised internationally for a new head of the coaching and development programme, according to the association’s release. Former national team player Steve Gordon has been retained as interim head coach of the Senior National Men’s Team. Former national player Frankie Hinds has been retained as the senior coach of the Cayman Cricket Academy, with responsibility for preparation of the junior boys’ teams.
Cayman in T20I world rankings
- Sept. 2016 52
- Aug. 2019 41 (programme best)
- Oct. 2019 44