The ICC High Performance Programme (HPP) was launched in 2001 to assist the leading ICC Associate Member (AM) countries prepare for the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. It was renamed the Gatorade ICC High Performance Programme in 2009 following Pepsi's alignment with the ICC Development Programme.
From 2009 to 2013, the six HPP countries are Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Canada (these top four having qualified for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup), Afghanistan and Scotland. All six HPP countries have ODI status for their matches against each other and the ten ICC Full Members (FMs). Together with the ICC Regional Development Programmes, the HPP also keeps a keen eye on progress within the second-tier of ranked AMs of UAE, Namibia, Hong Kong, PNG, Nepal and Uganda.
The major objective of the HPP is to develop the quality of HPP country on-field and off-field structures in order to close the gap between ICC Associate Member and ICC Full Member playing standards at both senior and Under 19 levels.
To achieve this objective, the ICC High Performance Manager, Richard Done, visits and works with the HPP countries to prioritize their own in-country strategies for their high performance programmes, competition schedules (see below), player development pathways and off-field coaching and administrative structures. Overall progress is measured and reviewed annually through agreed global and country-specific HPP key performance indicators.
He also engages and manages the operations of a team of specialist consultants who provide identified areas of essential support to the leading HPP country players to help them perform on the international stage.
In the lead-up to the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup the key consultants in helping to meet the challenges posed by top-level international cricket are the ICC Cricket Academy (in monitoring fitness levels and developing batting skills), SportsMechanics from India (providing video match analysis and support) and Sporting Edge (developing a winning mindset both on and off the field).
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