Moreeng, Mir, Polosak Unveiled as ICC Mentors

Momentum Proteas head coach, Hilton Moreeng (middle), previously pictured with national team players, Tumi Sekhukhune (left) and captain Dané van Niekerk (right), after the ‪#T20WorldCup squad announcement on 13 January 2020. Photo: gsport‬

Momentum Proteas cricket coach, Hilton Moreeng, is one of 15 initial mentors, including inspirational former Pakistan cricket captain, Sana Mir and history making umpire, Claire Polosak, announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for its mentorship programme for all female future leaders in cricket.

The initiative is part of the ICC’s long-term commitment to accelerate the growth of women’s cricket and women in cricket and application for the first batch of participants are open until 3 May.

Interested candidates must send motivated applications to ICC’s email address – [email protected].

Successful applicants will be notified by May 13, 2021. The mentors will be paired with successful mentees by May 17, 2021 and the programme and officially commence from that date.

The application is open for all female future leaders of cricket to apply and the first batch will consist of no more than 15 participants, who will be matched with a mentor to support their development growth.

The role of a mentor is to unlock their mentee’s potential and help them to be at their best. This could include being a confidential sounding-board, providing advice, guidance, and connections to reach their potential.

Responding to the announcement by the ICC, Moreeng tweeted: “Really honoured to serve on the list of confirmed mentors for batch 1 of the ICC Cricket future leaders programme.”

The 100% Cricket Future Leaders Programme launches the next phase of the 100% Cricket campaign. Under the umbrella of 100% Cricket, 100% Cricket – Future Leaders Programme is designed to support emerging female talent in cricket across administration, coaching and officiating, broadcast, and journalism as well as marketing, digital and technology and events.

The programme is designed to address the low percentage of women in leadership positions in global cricket and build a pipeline of new female leaders in cricket.

The philosophy of the 100% Cricket – Future Leaders Programme is to be participant lead, with the ICC acting in support to match the mentees with suitable mentors and provide guidelines and evaluation frameworks for the participants and opportunities to network and interact.

The programme will last for a period of 6 months, and include a kick-off workshop with cricket legend Belinda Clark, followed by monthly check-ins and a 3-month review with the mentees and mentors agreeing the frequency and method of communication.

Commenting on her involvement Belinda Clark AO said: “I have experienced and witnessed some amazing leaders within cricket over the last 20 years. It is pleasing that these quality leaders are willing to help females starting out on their leadership journey. We have made great progress, but cricket understands it has a big responsibility to be more inclusive across all areas of the sport.

“The breadth of this program is unique – not only covering the areas of administration, coaching, officiating, governance, broadcast, digital but also matching people across borders to make it a truly global experience. I applaud the ICC for undertaking this program to facilitate greater diversity in all areas of the game. I encourage emerging female leaders involved in cricket think about this unique opportunity and submit an application to be involved.

Potential program workstreams Executive Management, Coaching, Match Officials, Player Growth, Marketing and Promotions and Broadcaster.


List of Confirmed Mentors for Batch 1:
Greg Barclay, Chair, ICC
Wasim Khan, CEO, PCB
Andrea Nelson, CEO, ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, New Zealand
Steve Elworthy, Managing Director – Events & Special Projects, ECB
Michelle Enright, Acting CEO, ICC T20 World Cup Australia
Hilton Moreeng, Coach – South Africa Women’s Team 
Claire Polosak, Match Official / Umpire 
Sana Mir, Former Captain of Pakistan’s Women’s Team 
Divya Gokulnath, Co-Founder BYJU’s
Anthony Everard, Exec GM, Fan Engagement, Cricket Australia 
Sharda Ugra, Sports Journalist 
Ian Bishop, Leading Broadcaster, Former West Indies Fast Bowler   
Dhiraj Malhotra, GM Cricket Operations and Game Development, BCCI 
Christina Matthews, CEO WACA
Gemma Davies, Operations Director, Engage Digital Partners

Check out the full release from the ICC here.


Photo 1 Caption: Momentum Proteas head coach, Hilton Moreeng (middle), previously pictured with national team players, Tumi Sekhukhune (left) and captain Dané van Niekerk (right), after the ‪#T20WorldCup squad announcement on 13 January 2020. Photo: gsport


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