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Cricket Hong Kong, China completes Appointments of High Performance Coaches

Cricket Hong Kong has completed the restructuring process of the High Performance Team with dedicated coaches now supporting the Hong Kong Men’s, Women’s and Youth Teams.

Simon Willis was appointed earlier in the year as the Men’s Head Coach and now Andy Cottam has been appointed as the Women’s Team Head Coach, and Mark Farmer has appointed as the Youth Pathway Coach and Chris Pickett has been appointed as the HK Team Analyst across all representative teams

Andy Cottam is a former England U19 Cricketer and First Class Player, he is a qualified cricket coach with Coaching Experience in Australia and England, and has been the national coach of Indonesia’s Men and Women’s team. He recently has been the High Performance Manager for the Bangladesh Cricket Academy.

Mark Farmer will be moving from his role of High Performance General Manager into the Youth Pathway Coaching Role. This important role bridges the gap between Club Cricket and Domestic Cricket heading into elite and international Cricket. The role will require overseeing the Caravel Foundation Pathway Program including the Caravel U16 and U13 All Star Series, as well as overseeing the Coach Pathway Programs


Chris Pickett will be using his knowledge and experience of coaching and as a analysts to support all of the HK Representative Team and will work closely with all the Coaches. The HP team will be supported by Assistant Coach Jawaid Iqbal and Women’s Assistant and Pathway Coach, Ghulam Saqlain.

Burji Shroff, Chairperson of Cricket Hong Kong China said, “We are pleased to have such high quality candidates applied for the various High Performance roles as part of our restructuring process being conducted our the last few months. I would like to thank all the applicants and congratulate the coaches and look forward to seeing them excel in the roles and take their respective team to greater success.”

“We have had great success in the last few year with our Men’s and Women’s team but we must also look ahead. With Asian Games, World Cup Qualification and Asia Cup Qualification available for both the Men’s and Women’s teams as well as increasing busy calendar it was time to relook and retool our resources. I would like to thank Mark Farmer for the tremendous success he has had in the role of the General Manager High Performance, and am sure he will bring even greater success in the Youth Pathway Role. I also would like to thank Chris Picket for bringing so much success to the Women’s Squad and look forward to see a continued support towards our HK Teams. Finally I would like to thank our Sponsors especially Caraval Foundation for enabling us to have the resources available to engage such high quality coaches.” Added Burji Shroff

Simon Willis - Men's Head

Andy Cottam - Women's Head Coach

Mark Farmer - Youth Pathway Coach

Chris Pickett - Head of Performance Analysis