Cricket Fiji Appoints Development Manager
Joe Rika, the captain of the Fiji Blues national team, has been appointed as Cricket Fiji’s new Development Manager.
Rika will take control of Cricket Fiji’s growing development program to lead the growth of the sport at junior level and assist in developing the next generation of national team players.
“We are pleased to have a person of Joe’s capabilities to head our Development department,” said Cricket Fiji General Manager Martin Shaw. “We are sure that he will do an excellent job and provide enormous assistance to the rebirth in cricket that is currently taking place.”
In addition to an outstanding playing record that has seen him appointed as national team captain at just 23 years of age, Rika is also well qualified for the role.
He is currently undertaking his Level 2 coaching accreditation and is accredited to present Level 1 coaching courses. He has also previously worked for Cricket Fiji as a Development Officer so he is well versed in the contents of our schools development program.
“I am excited to be taking on this challenging role,” said Rika. “The chance to help develop a sport that has given me many opportunities in life was too good to pass up. I look forward to working with the team at Cricket Fiji to further grow cricket in the country.”
However his first challenge is on the playing front this weekend as he leads the Suva Capitals in their quest to win the cricket competition at the Fiji Games at Albert Park.
Played over three days, Suva is one of the favourites to win the four team Elite Player League competition that also features the Western Bulldogs, Sigatoka Dunes and Lau Voyagers.