With the succesful completion of the Cricket Canada/ICC level 1 coaching course in Toronto, Cricket Canada is pleased to annouce the undertaking of another vital iniative outlined in the 2011-2013 strategic plan. The Cricket Canada Umpiring benchmarking program commences this week with Canada's top umpires assembling in Toronto. With the active support of the West Indies Cricket Board, this project will be completed during the 2011 National League T20 Championship Final being contested between Ontario and BC.
Mr. Goaland Greaves, senior umpiring panel member and assesor from WI has been appointed by WICB for this assesment. During the tournament, Mr. Greaves will provide an assessment of Cricket Canada's umpires and umpiring systems. Cricket Canada will use this information and Mr. Greave's assistance to develop Cricket Canada' elite panel of umpires and standardized umpiring program.
6 umpires, all holding Cricket Canada Level 3 umpiring certification will stand in the National League T20 final and will be benchmarked against the same criteria that Mr. Greaves uses to train and evaluate the umpires from the West Indies. The successful umpires shall also play a pivotal role in providing training and assessments of umpires in different regions of the country and help increase the umpiring standards throughout the country.
Cricket Canada will follow up with activities during the upcoming winter and will offer several courses through out the country to bring excellence, uniformity and equality in umpiring standards. The umpiring assessments and up-grading system will be implemented to ensure that Canadian umpires remain current and competent in all parts of the country.