Ford to steer Irish into Test arena
Graham Ford has been asked to guide Ireland into the brave new world of Test cricket after being appointed the next national coach on a three-year contract.
The South African, who has twice coached Sri Lanka as well as his home country, and also has county experience with Kent and Surrey, was recommended by Adi Birrell, the former Ireland coach.
Ford, who will replace John Bracewell at the end of the year, has a big task on his hands with Ireland slipping down the world rankings, despite being awarded full membership of the International Cricket Council, and with a golden generation of players reaching retirement.
"I'm excited to be a part of this new era in Irish cricket," Ford said.
"I've always enjoyed working with decent people and, in their attitude, character and camaraderie, the Irish cricketers come across as just that.
"With my knowledge and experience I believe I can genuinely make a difference."
Ford will take over from Bracewell after Ireland's final InterContinental Cup match against Scotland in the United Arab Emirates in November and is not expected to be in attendance at next week's ODI against the West Indies in Belfast.