Graham Ford is set to step down as head coach of Ireland in December 2021. Ford took charge of the Irish item in 2017, initially on a three-year deal and was then extended by further three years in 2019.
During this period, Ireland as many as 102 international matches, which included them getting Test status and also play in the T20 World Cup 2021. The outgoing head coach says that Ireland's maiden test against Pakistan at Malahide was the proudest moment during his tenure.
Speaking of his tenure with Cricket Ireland, Ford said, “The last four years have been very special for me - I have enjoyed many happy days with a cricket squad made up of very special people. I have also enjoyed watching club cricket and experiencing the passion and club loyalty of many fine cricketing people."
“When compared with the other ICC Full Member nations, Cricket Ireland has faced many handicaps and challenges. Despite this, on several occasions, the team has competed impressively with some of the top teams in world cricket and it has been a privilege for me to experience first-hand the character and togetherness of the Irish players."
Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie says Ford is one of the best coaches he has ever worked with. “Graham has been one of the best coaches I have ever worked with, and I feel very fortunate that I got to spend four years working with him, not just for the playing development side of my game, but for his incredible support during my captaincy to date."
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