Heinrich Malan appointed head coach of Irish cricket


Heinrich Malan is expected to become Ireland’s men’s cricket head coach in March.

The South African will succeed Graham Ford.

Malan – who played first-class cricket between 2005 and 2009 – has accumulated considerable coaching experience in his native country and in New Zealand.

He is currently the head coach of the Auckland Aces.

Malan arrives in Ireland after a difficult period for the men’s team.

They suffered a disappointing campaign during the T20 World Cup and were affected by Covid-19 during their historic tour of the United States over the Christmas period.

Speaking after confirmation after his imminent arrival, Malan said long-term goals will support his time at work.

“It is very humbling and a huge honor to be named the head coach of the Irish men’s team,” he said.

“We have an exciting team that have shown they have the ability to compete with the best players in the world.

“It is an exciting challenge and something that we, as a family, look forward to.”

“A lot of credit goes to Graham Ford, who has done an outstanding job over the past four years. We have some serious building blocks in place that I think we can build on in the future. “

“My coaching philosophy has certainly evolved over time and I’m very keen to get to know this group of players and staff to collaboratively shape our environment through the way we want to function on a daily basis.

“The Irish cricket ‘wheel’ is spinning well for the stadium it is at, but this moment is a great opportunity to review what – and how – we are operating not only to make the wheel grow, but also to spin that wheel. faster . “

“As I grew up in the South African system, the opportunity to move to New Zealand in 2013 really enhanced my coaching experiences and created opportunities to advance my coaching career.

“I hope I can share those experiences and help our players improve and compete consistently across all formats. And that is the key – to create greater consistency of performance over the long term.”

Cricket Ireland high performance director Richard Holdsworth said Malan’s ability to take a different approach was one of the main reasons for his appointment.

“We are delighted to have recruited Heinrich as a men’s head coach and look forward to supporting him in promoting the men’s international team during what will be an extremely busy time for the team,” he said. -he declares.

“Heinrich has worked in world-class environments internationally and nationally, and has built a reputation as an innovative coach with an interest and willingness to do things differently – taking a more holistic view of the game.”

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