Graham Ford resigns as head coach of Ireland to lead 102 international team Cricket news

Ireland, which will embark on an American tour next month before a white ball series against the West in January, will announce its interim coaching plans in the coming weeks.

Last updated: 11/17/17 at 4:23 PM

Graham Ford, pictured in Stormont, earlier this year

Graham Ford, pictured in Stormont, earlier this year

Graham Ford has left Ireland as head coach after taking the lead in 102 international matches.

Ford, who was appointed to the position in 2017, will immediately step down as coach before leaving Cricket Ireland next month.

The 61-year-old directed the Irish demonstration to the Test Arena and their recent run to the T20 World Cup.

However, Ireland did not reach the Super 12 stage of the competition after a surprising eight-point loss to Namibia.

“The last four years have been very special to me,” he said. “I have enjoyed many happy days with a cricket team made up of very special people. Compared to other full ICC member countries, Cricket Ireland has faced many disadvantages and challenges.

– Despite this, the team has competed impressively with some of the world’s top cricket teams on several occasions, and I have had the privilege of experiencing first-hand the character and togetherness of Irish players.

“Over time, however, these challenges and inconveniences have taken their toll on me. After much deliberation and discussion with my family, I realize now is the time to take Cricket Ireland out.

“I want to end by thanking all the players and support staff for their impressive attitude and loyal support over the four years and I look forward to them achieving great things in the future.”

Captain Andrew Balbirnie said: “Graham has been one of the best coaches I have ever worked with and I am very fortunate to have spent four years working with him, not only because of the game development of my game, but also with him. Incredible support so far as captain .

“We have had challenges as a team in recent years, but his continued positivity has been contagious and his determination to improve the skills of all team members has brought some of our young cricketers by leaps and bounds.

“I think more importantly, Fordy is a great person who will be sorely missed on and around the team, and on behalf of the player team, we only wish him the best in the future.”

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