After six years as High Performance Manager, head coach and now CEO of the Vanuatu Cricket Association Shane Deitz has announced that he will be standing down from the role in March 2021.

VCA president Mark Stafford said that the board and the Vanuatu cricket community will be sad to see Shane leave.

“Shane has overseen a period of considerable growth and change on and off the field of cricket in Vanuatu. He has worked tirelessly to improve cricket in all areas and had some notable achievement. The men’s gold medal at the 2015 Pacific Games and now both men’s and women’s teams obtaining their highest global rankings with both teams now ranked in the worlds top 30.

“The board and staff would like to thank Shane for his invaluable service and extend its best wishes as he takes a new position with the Netherlands cricket board. It has been a pleasure working with him over the last six years,” Stafford said.

Deitz says; “ Working for VCA has been an honor and a terrific experience. There is so much talent in Vanuatu and a lot of passion and pride to represent the country. The staff members are also part of the teams that represent Vanuatu and add to a fantastic organisation.

“ I am taking up a position as head coach of the Netherlands women’s cricket team which i am excited about. It is a great opportunity on and off the field as finally my wife Marcella and i can spend some time in her home country with her friends and family.

“I like to thank Mark Stafford and the board for so much support over the six years and backing my big dreams i had for the VCA. All the staff and players who put their whole heart into everything they do and finally all the people of Vanuatu for making us so welcome in their beautiful country.

“We have life-long friends here and look forward to return as a tourists one day. I wish all teams good luck in 2021 and beyond as they have big year ahead and i know they will keep progressing and performing on the world stage,” Shane said.

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