Graham Ford resigns as Ireland head coach after 102 international matches Cricket News

Graham Ford resigns as Ireland head coach after 102 international matches Cricket News

Graham Ford, filmed in Stormont earlier this year

Graham Ford, who led Ireland to 102 internationals, has resigned as coach.

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

The 61-year-old has overseen Ireland’s introduction to the Test scene and their recent run to the T20 World Cup.

However, Ireland failed to qualify for the Super 12 Stadium of the match after an unexpected eight-wicket defeat to Namibia.

“The last four years have been very special for me,” he said. “I had a lot of happy days with a cricket team of great people. Compared to all other ICC member states, Cricket Ireland has faced a number of setbacks and challenges.

“Even so, on many occasions the team has played remarkably well with some of the best cricket teams in the world, and it is a privilege for me to be able to experience firsthand the character and unity of the Irish players.

“However, over time, these challenges and disabilities affected me. After much deliberation and discussion with my family, I realize that it is time for cricket to move out of Ireland.

“I would like to end by thanking all the players, the support staff, their amazing attitude and the strong support for the last four years and I hope they achieve great things in the future. “

Captain Andrew Balbirnie said: “Graham is one of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with, and I feel fortunate to have spent four years with him, not just developing my game. Still my captaincy.

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“We have had challenges over the last few years as a team, but his constant positivity is contagious, and his determination to improve the skills of everyone on the team has led some of our young cricketers to take tremendous steps.

“Most important of all, I think Ford is a brilliant man who will be sorely missed on the squad and in the area.

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