WELLINGTON Cricket coaching director Mark Borthwick will assist national cricket coach Joeli Mateyawa prepare the national side for the World Cricket League Division 7 (WCL 7) Tournament in Botswana.
The tournament will be played from April 4 to 14 and Cricket Fiji will have Borthwick's service for a week.
CF high performance manager Joe Rika said Borthwick had worked with the side in Auckland earlier in the year when the national team took part in the EAP Mens T20 Competition in February.
He said Borthwick is originally from South Africa but moved to Wellington where he continued a career in teaching before taking up coaching as a full time role with Cricket Wellington.
"Mark comes with wealth of experience in coaching and will be of great benefit to the side in this important stage of preparation," Rika said.
"Mark has been involved with the New Zealand Women's side, the Wellington Firebirds and Blaze which are the Wellington state sides as well as their underage teams," he said.
"Obviously he has a lot of experience on the international stage and Cricket Fiji will look to get as much from Mark."
The national cricket side leaves Fiji on March 28 for Botswana where they have a week's preparation in Gaborone before the start of the tournament.
Rika said Fiji needed to finish in the top two in order to qualify for the next division scheduled for later this year in Europe.
"The national side plays their first match against Nigeria on April 6," he said.
Meanwhile, Suva Cricket Association president Adriu Misiki has advised teams to come well prepared to Albert Park on Saturday to try and out-do each other.
"This would be our last week of competition and then we are going to begin with the semi-finals so those in contention for the cup semi-final, this is their last chance to grab the one remaining spot," he said.