Graham Ford, a South African cricket coach is currently based in Bangladesh as the coach of Ireland. He discussed many topics related to cricket for the site cricbuzz Ford is known as a coach with great experience and good results.
He used to lead the Sri Lankan national team, but it is also interesting that he rejected the Indian national team. Asked about the Ireland national team he said: "Ireland is a small cricketing nation and the players certainly don't have the development opportunities that talented players have in the bigger cricketing countries."
"However, Irish cricket has always been about team togetherness, character and a fearless approach. Over the years, it has been these qualities that have helped them to achieve some special results." Despite the fact that Ireland does not have as good players as other major national teams, Ford is optimistic and his plan is based on young players.
He has been the coach of Ireland since 2017 and spoke about the progress he has noticed "Unfortunately, this Covid period has been particularly disruptive to the team's progress. Prior to the pandemic, we had started to build towards the future and had involved some exciting younger lads to play around with some of the wiser, older heads."
"Had the international schedule been played as planned, some of these young lads would have grown considerably as cricketers. Disappointingly, we have had very little game time and at stages, training has not been permitted."
"When we have trained, we have been limited to one on one sessions. Considering these issues, I have been pleased to see that against England, West Indies and Afghanistan, some of these lads showed early signs of being able to perform at the top level.
Ford also talked about finances and how much they affect the team "If we are to improve our Test cricket, we need to play more Test matches and more first-class cricket. Unfortunately, as a small cricketing nation, we don't have the finances to significantly increase the amount we play in the red ball format."
Ireland will again be left without first-class cricket matches and Ford believes that this will affect the team a lot. "We would love to focus more on first-class and Test cricket. When the players do get the chance to do so, they really enjoy it.
They are very envious of other countries that are able to play more Test and first class cricket, but without sufficient finances, it is simply not possible."