Cricket Ireland’s search for a new head coach came to an end on Friday as Graham Ford was appointed as John Bracewell’s successor.
The South African has signed a three-year deal and will take over in December.
He arrives with 25 years coaching experience having worked as head coach with both South Africa and Sri Lanka as well as enjoying successful spells with Natal/Dolphins, Surrey and Kent.
Ireland were awarded full test status in June, they return to action next week when they take on the West Indies at Stormont on Wednesday September 13th.
Cricket Ireland say a strong field of candidates applied for the post, explaining the decision to appoint Ford, Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth said:
“Graham’s reputation for improving young players, his work ethic and huge knowledge were among the key factors for his appointment,” said Holdsworth.
“The panel was strongly persuaded by Graham’s clear understanding of what the Ireland team and Irish cricket in general needs right now, while he is already familiar with some of our players through his coaching spells at Kent and Surrey.
“In the short term, his expertise in the shorter forms of the game will also be vital as we build towards two major ICC events over the next three years – including the ICC World Cup Qualifier in the first half of 2018 – while longer term he is aiming to strengthen the national team in its rebuilding process from a core of long-established players to a younger less experienced team.
Ford spoke of his excitement at getting the job and outlined what he hopes to achieve as head coach:
“I am really excited to be a part of this new era in Irish cricket. I have always enjoyed working with decent people and, in their attitude, character and camaraderie, the Irish cricketers have always come across as such,” said Ford.
“With my knowledge and experience I believe I can genuinely make a difference. All my efforts will be dedicated to assisting the players to improve and achieve their full potential while playing an enjoyable brand of cricket.”