Carswell is NZ Bound

14 Jul

Following the National Team’s qualification for the Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifiers earlier this week it is with sadness that Cricket Scotland have confirmed that Kari Carswell, our Women’s Cricket Manager has decided to leave Scotland and take up an exciting new role in New Zealand.  Kari will leave in early September and a search is on for a replacement.

The enormity of the impact Kari, who plays under her maiden name Anderson, has had on cricket in Scotland both on and off the field, cannot be questioned and words of praise from all areas of the organisation were led by Malcolm Cannon, CEO of Cricket Scotland.

Malcolm commented “Kari has worked for Cricket Scotland in her current role for the last five years but has a relationship with the game and in particular with the women’s national side spanning over 20 years.  As ex-captain, ex-coach and current international player, Kari has contributed an enormous amount to the game and she will be very difficult to replace. 

However, the healthy state of the women’s game in Scotland and the opportunities facing the sport and the national team owe a great deal to Kari’s undying enthusiasm and expertise.  We wish her well in hew new challenge and we look forward to a continuing relationship on the field.” 

Ian Sandbrook, Director of Participation at CS, commented “There`s no doubt that Kari leaving Cricket Scotland comes with mixed emotions. Firstly, we are extremely sad to be losing someone of the highest calibre who has almost single-handedly been responsible for the growth of female cricket in Scotland. While on the other hand, we are very excited for her and the new opportunity she has in New Zealand. 

It`s pretty difficult to sum up briefly the impact Kari has had on women`s cricket in Scotland. Almost all the structures that support female cricket from grassroots through to the Wildcats has been established and supported by her. She has been the `champion` for women`s cricket in every sense of the word, and perhaps the greatest compliment I can make is that Kari will be irreplaceable.

I would like to thank her for her outstanding contribution to cricket in Scotland over many years, and I`m sure everyone who has had the pleasure to work with her will wish her all the best for the new adventure. There`s no doubt that she will make a huge impact in her new role and we hope that one day she will return to Cricket Scotland.”

CS Performance Director Andy Tennant added his plaudits in saying “Kari's contribution as our most decorated female player and Head Coach cannot be overstated, and I would like to thank her for the outstanding commitment she has shown to both the Wildcats and building the performance system for talented young female cricketers."

Looking back on her time at Cricket Scotland and still with an eye on the future of the female game Kari had words of encouragement for the future of the female game in Scotland, "After 5 years in post as women's cricket manager, I've made the incredibly tough decision to move on and take on a new challenge in New Zealand.  It's been an honour to have had the opportunity to help develop and lead the growth of the game in Scotland. 

I am immensely proud of the way our game is progressing and will remain an enthusiastic supporter of all things cricket in Scotland.  From our grass roots girls programme to seeing our national teams winning on the pitch it's been humbling to be part of it and I take with me lots of great experiences. 

I've met so many incredible people on my journey and I've worked with so many committed volunteers, paid professionals and talented cricketers, thank you for all your time, advice and challenges. Finally thank you Cricket Scotland for having confidence in me to put in place the pathways and plans, it's been great fun.  The female game in Scotland is in a good place, let's make it great!"  

Everyone at Cricket Scotland wishes Kari all the very best for the future.

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