Graham Ford is no longer the coach of Ireland!



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Graham Ford is no longer the coach of Ireland!

Graham Ford will no longer be the coach of Ireland. Ford got the engagement in 2017 for 3 years, and in 2019 he decided to extend the contract for another three years. Ford is happy about the opportunity he had and enjoyed working on the Irish bench.

Ireland had many good and also bad games, but their results should be viewed from a more positive side "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," said Ford, as quoted by cricbuzz "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."

Decision

After everything he experienced, he decided it was the right time to step down as coach, but he is still grateful to the entire team and wished them success in the future. "However, over a period of time these challenges and handicaps have taken their toll on me.

After much consideration and discussion with my family, I realise that this is the right time for me to step away from Cricket Ireland. "I'd like to end by thanking all the players and the support staff for their impressive attitudes and loyal support during the four years and I look forward to watching them achieve big things in the future."

Andrew Balbirnie, Ireland's captain had only words of praise for his former coach, and he believes Ford did his best to help the team "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.

"We have had our challenges over the last number of years as a squad, but his consistent positivity has been infectious and his determination to improve the skills of everyone in the squad has brought some of our young cricketers on leaps and bounds."

"I think more important than anything is that Fordy is a brilliant person and one that will be greatly missed in and around the squad, and on behalf of the group of players we wish him nothing but the best in the future."