Daniel Sutton is a Cricket Player and Head Coach at Cricket Argentina. Daniel started playing Cricket when he was just 8. He currently plays for St. Georges College, which is one of the 5 teams in the Argentina First Division. As a Head Coach, Daniel looks after U13, U16 and U19 Cricket Players. He is also a Coach to The Flamingos (Argentina Women's National Squad).
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Daniel Sutton
Date of Birth: 06/09/1989
Playing Role: All Rounder
Batting Style: Middle Order
Bowling Style: Off Spin
Address: J.M. Hutierrez 3829, Capital Federal, Argentina
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
I am currently Head Coach at Cricket Argentina; my role includes coaching Argentina U13s, U16s and U19s, in addition to ‘The Flamingos” (women’s national squad). As Head Coach I also run the development programme in Argentina.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
I currently play for St. Georges College, which is one of 5 teams in the Argentina First Division. I have been playing cricket since I was 8 years old and when in England I represented Banstead Cricket Club, in the Surrey Championship First Division.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
As mentioned above.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
The Flamingos - I see the Flamingos competing in the Women’s World Cup, the team is currently a great mix of experienced and new players. We currently have a strong girls development programme in place which only result in the Flamingos becoming stronger!
There will be a lot of focus on using the correct technique, and decision making. All of the girls have great natural hand eye co-ordination, however, sometime their technique lets them down.
6. Do your club/association have any website or facebook page? Mention their links.
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
We have recently hosted a cricket tour with the CanAm cricket team. CanAm are a mixture of female cricketers from Canada and America who travel the world competing in various formats. The Flamingos won the official competition 5 games to 1, however, the CanAm girls also won a development game against a team of our less developed players. Overall it was an excellent tournament, it allowed the Flamingos to compete against players from North America, giving them a greater experience of high level cricket.
The Flamingos next competition will be in October where they will travel to Chili to defend their South American Championship title against Chili, Peru and Brazil.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp? Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
It would be great for a number of different Argentina teams to travel to India for both matches and coaching camps. I feel that the Flamingos will gain a huge amount from the experience, as would the Argentina U19 teams.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Cricket Argentina faces a huge number of challenges. Cricket is not a main sport in the country; we are always competing against Rugby and Hockey for player’s availability. As a result of this we are forced to arrange our sessions around the more popular sports in order to ensure good attendance.
Additionally we cannot get any cricket equipment into Argentina because of the importation laws; therefore most of the kit that we use is old and sometimes even broken. Whenever a cricket tour comes to Argentina we encourage them to donate as much kit as possible to Cricket Argentina which is of great help.
Another challenge that we face here at Cricket Argentina is that cricket is not played in many schools around Buenos Aires, therefore we struggle to increase grass route numbers. However, we have just started a new initiative where we target specialist schools offering them incentives for introducing cricket to their pupils.
The biggest challenge is that there are very few competitions for Argentina to compete in. The Flamingos, U13 and U16 teams only have 1 competition over the next 12 months. This lack of competition means that it is difficult to maintain motivation levels and playing standards. To combat this problem we have created the Cricket Argentina Academy, which trains the elite cricketers all year around, ensuring that they play a high number of competitive games. We also actively encourage incoming tours to Argentina, this gives all players an opportunity to play against a variety of opponents.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
Any sponsorship would provide an instant increase in participation, clothes sponsorship would be significantly beneficial. We would also greatly appreciate any help with hard ball kit (pads, gloves, bats, helmets and balls), in addition the possibility of an incoming tour to Argentina would be excellent. Furthermore any media coverage of Cricket Argentina would be greatly appreciated.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
Cricket Argentina Academy
Cricket Argentina Mens U19 team
Flamingos Cricket National Team
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
Yes, the Flamingos are one of the biggest driving forces in Cricket in the Americas region, and would love the opportunity for enhanced media coverage.
13. Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup? And Why?
I am supporting England is this would cup, sadly they underperformed again! Now I want New Zealand to win. I spent 6 months in New Zealand coaching and playing cricket, the people there are great! Moreover Ithink the cricket they play is exciting and dynamic. Also, they are yet to win a World Cup, it would be great for world cricket if New Zealand were to win.