Dighton appointed Canada's cricket coach

Cricket Canada confirmed Wednesday that it has hired Michael Dighton as head coach of the national squad, replacing interim coach Ingleton Liburd, who succeeded Pubudu Dassanayake.

Cricket Canada hired Australian Michael Dighton as head coach of its national team Wednesday.

Dighton, 35, joins the Canadian team after serving as an assistant coach with the Netherlands at the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He also was head coach of the Cricket Australia National Emerging Talent Rookie Squad and batting coach for Tasmania's under-23 team.

Before getting into coaching, Dighton played cricket in Australia and also had stints with Hampshire, Derbyshire and the Netherlands.

"We are thrilled to have someone of Michael's background on board to direct our drive to the 2015 Cricket World Cup and restore our position as one of the top associated cricket nations," Vimal Hardat, Cricket Canada's vice-president, said in a statement.

"Michael's drive and determination to succeed will be a welcome addition to our program and we look forward to him joining us."

Dighton said he's looking forward to the challenge of heading up the Canadian program.

"I will place a big emphasis on physical preparation and fielding, the two areas that we can control and always improve on," he said. "I will encourage an attacking and dynamic brand of cricket combined with smart decision making."

Ingleton Liburd had been serving as interim coach. Pubudu Dassanayake stepped down after the World Cup earlier this year.