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Richard Done is the High Performance Manager for ICC. Read on for more..

Thursday, May 22, 2022

Richard Done

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Before establishing a successful coaching career in Australia, Richard Done played for New South Wales. Today, he is the ICC’s High Performance Manager. His appointment came about four years ago after the late Bob Woolmer took up the job as Pakistan coach. Priya Ganoo gets us more..

In simple terms, Done is in charge of inculcating the best all-round practices in the ICC's High Performance countries like Namibia and Canada to maximise the subsequent on-field performance and to close the gap between the leading Associate Members and the Full Member nations of the ICC.

“My key role is to look after the six countries which are Bermuda, Canada, Namibia, Holland, Scotland and Kenya who qualified for the World Cup in 2007. We want to improve their performance so that they are more competitive with the other nations," said Done.

The move is indeed a very good one by the ICC and it will really help the other nations to progress in the game. He adds that one of the important aspects of the programme is to infuse funds for these nations to play the game.

“We try and have Chief Executive Officers, national coaches and those sorts of people who will have a good influence there.” he added.

The High Performance Programme’s (HPP) main motive is to get more competitive nations to participate in the game globally. Back in 1997, the ICC had only 47 members but today they have 101 members which is very commendable.

“We want to concentrate on developing the cricket in those nations rather than just add the number of countries that are involved in cricket.”

"We try and build programmes that ensure better performance. We try and look at other ways of going about that. For instance one of the coaches is trying to improve the match analysis that is done during the match.”

His association with the game is not new and he played for New South Wales for almost 9 years. “I was lucky that towards the end of my career the Waughs began playing and throughout my career span I played with a lot of South Wales players that have made it to National squad in the recent times.”

Soon after his retirement from domestic cricket he took up work as a coach and was highly successful in that role. Done worked for nine years as the senior coach at the Australian Cricket Academy with Rod Marsh in the development of future international cricketers including current Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting and one of the greatest 'keepers of all time - Adam Gilchrist.

Not many people are aware that as a fast bowling coach Done was responsible for the early development of the highly successful Aussie pace attack that involved former spearheads Glenn McGrath, Michael Kasprowciz and Jason Gillespie. Current spearhead Brett Lee too trained under him.