Vanuatu Cricket

Ben Cameron named Vanuatu Cricket’s new coach

The news comes after a global recruitment process that saw interest from applicants in more than a dozen nations following the departure of Jeremy Bray from the role in January.

41-year-old Cameron represented his native South Australia nineteen times in First class and List A cricket over three seasons after debuting in 2004. A premature retirement from playing due to a chronic knee condition prompted an immediate transition to coaching in 2007.

Vanuatu Cricket CEO, Tim Cutler, expressed his joy at being able to appoint Cameron to the role:

Vanuatu Cricket High Performance Manager resigns

Bray submitted his resignation eleven months into a three-year contract due to a combination of personal reasons and travel complications resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Vanuatu Cricket CEO Tim Cutler said Bray made a huge impact in his short time in the role.

Vanuatu Cricket renews partnership with Holiday Inn Resort

Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu has been the naming rights sponsors for the Vanuatu National Men and Women’s cricket teams since 2019.

The renewal of the partnership this year means that the teams are still proudly called the ‘Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu National Men and Women’s Cricket Teams’.

Vanuatu Cricket appoints new Men’s team captain

Vanuatu Cricket Association has appointed Junior Kaltapau as the Vice Captain.

The announcements were made at the VCA’s 2020 Annual General Meeting, last week. 

Matautaava was appointed as the captain after former captain, Nalin Nipiko stepped down earlier this year.

Head Coach, Jeremy Bray who was part of the selection process said Matautaava and Kaltapau deserve the leadership roles.

Vanuatu cricketers fully vaccinated

The group received their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Port Vila on Wednesday.

Over 30,000 people in Vanuatu have received at least one dose of the vaccine in and the Vanuatu Cricket players and staff are amongst the first 2000 people in the country who are now fully vaccinated.

Vanuatu Cricket President Mark Stafford said taking the vaccine was the socially responsible action to take and players and staff are committed to protecting themselves, their friends, family, colleagues, and the wider community.

ICC needs to become more egalitarian says Vanuatu Cricket President

He has completed a staggering 30 years as President of Vanuatu Cricket Association (VCA), after being appointed in 1991. He is also the VCA Director of Finance and sits on the ICC Chief Executive Committee (CEC), as one of the three Associate member representatives.

In a compelling interview on the Emerging Cricket Podcast, Stafford spoke about his tenure as VCA President, the rise of Vanuatu cricket as well as his personal recommendations to the ICC for more Associate-friendly policies.

Ifira continues to dominate Vanuatu Women’s Island Cricket Programme

As Ifira claimed a 3 run win against Black Sands, Eratap women were also hard at work in the 3rd place play off against Imaki which saw them steal the victory by one (1) run.

Bella Laban from team Ifira claimed the player of the grand final award for her 33 runs contribution with the bat and Elisa Kalosin won best batter award for her batting in the third place play off.

The Women’s Island Cricket programme is facilitated through the Vanuatu Cricket’s social impact and inclusion programme with funding from the Australian Government through the team up programme.

Tough showdown in Vanuatu Cricket’s Splash challenge day one competition

In the men’s first division matches, Powerhouse Panthers beat Mighty Saints by 6 wickets.

The team grabbed 70 runs in 5 overs with the Mighty Saints with 68 runs in 6 overs last weekend.

Powerhouse Panthers, Joshua Rasu made the most runs with 21 runs. Mighty Saints, Selwyn Garae had the most runs with 18 runs.

The second match was between two rivals Splash Mele Bulls and Paama Sharks, who battled it out in the recent T20 championship.

Paama Sharks looked determined and focused as they beat the T20 defending champion by 138 runs in 4 overs.

Vanuatu Cricket Association officially welcomes new CEO


“My initial weeks and months will be spent conducting an operational review, allowing us to get on top of any pressing issues that require action, while also ensuring our systems and processes are ‘fit-for-purpose’ as we look to finalise a bold long-term strategy for release in the next few months,” Cutler said.

He said he is here for the long haul to help cricket reach its true potential.

Cutler is the Former Hong Kong Cricket boss

He led Hong Kong Cricket from 2015 to 2017 before founding the Emerging Cricket platform.

Vanuatu Cricket appoints new development officers

Gibson Tari will be responsible for developing cricket in Malekula and Daniel Naies is the development officer in Tanna.

Vanuatu Cricket’s Human Resource Officer, Jamal Vira said the appointments will be able to progress cricket in the two areas.

“The idea is to develop young cricketers to a level where they can be scouted for the high performance set up and better yet grow the sport of cricket in the outer islands and use Vanuatu Cricket’s platform for positive social change in our communities through cricket.”