Cricket Ireland will soon begin the search for a new head coach after confirming John Bracewell’s impending exit.
He will leave the role at the end of his contract in December.
Ireland were awarded full test status in June but results under Bracewell since 2015 have been poor.
Since taking the top job in Irish cricket following the departure of Phil Simmons, he has presided over 21 victories of the 62 games that were played to completion.
Explaining his decision to step away Bracewell said: “Having been down the full-on Full Member road before with New Zealand Cricket, it is not my desire to do so again.”
“Whilst my wife and I have immersed ourselves into Ireland and Irish culture we feel it is now time to return home to New Zealand and our families. I have therefore agreed with Cricket Ireland to finish up at the conclusion of my contract.
“I have loved working with an honest group of players whose values and work ethic have been second to none.
“As challenging as the future may be, they will be the first to honour the Test cap and I am proud to have spent some time with them on that journey.
“I took on the role as Head Coach because I believed in the little guy getting a fair break and the cause of attaining test status appealed to my underdog psyche.
“That having been achieved, albeit by an unexpected turn of events, has left me looking for a new goal and challenge.”
“Before my departure there are still a mountain of things to be put in place in assisting Richard Holdsworth and the coaching staff in preparing the Irish players for this new, exciting and very tough future.
“For the players there is the small matter of the Inter-Continental Cup to win, and a West Indies team to beat.”