Ford handed Ireland role

10 September 2017 03:03:45 GMTPlus11
Ireland's William Porterfield.

Graham Ford believes he can make a difference to Irish cricket after agreeing to become national coach.

The 56-year-old South African has signed a three-year deal and will succeed John Bracewell when his current contract ends in December.

"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 former South Africa and Sri Lanka coach 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."

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom praised Ford's international record.

"We are delighted to have a person of Graham's calibre as Ireland's next head coach and we are all looking forward to working with him," said Deutrom.

"Graham has a strong reputation for man-management, of improving individual and team performances at all levels, and has shown how to build winning teams in all three formats.

"He is well respected throughout the cricketing world, and we believe his coaching CV sends out a strong signal of our intention to try and hit the ground running as quickly as possible as a competitive force among the full member nations."

Ireland were granted Test status - along with Afghanistan - earlier this year. Ireland areĀ 3.75 to beat the West Indies in a one-day international on Wednesday.

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