Latest Cricket News: Cricket Ireland has confirmed that Assistant Coach & National Bowling Lead Stuart Barnes will step down from his role after the conclusion of the upcoming Zimbabwe series due to personal reasons.
Former Ireland’s International Ryan Eagleson will be appointed to the interim national bowling coach position for the upcoming T20 World Cup in October. Stuart Barnes was a part of Ireland’s Bowling Coach department in August 2020 during the England vs Ireland ODI series 7 was appointed in November 2020 on a three-year contract.
He had relocated from England to Ireland to join the Ireland Men’s team for Ireland vs Afghanistan series in Abu Dhabi held in January. “Our sincere thanks to Stuart for his dedication & contribution to Irish Cricket, & we will be sorry to see him step down after the Zimbabwe series. We fully understand that the pandemic & personal circumstances have made it extremely difficult for his family & wish Stuart & his family well for the future”, said Graham Ford, Ireland Men’s head coach said in a statement.
On the other hand, Ryan Eagleson has played 65 times for Ireland between 1995-2004 scalping 70 wickets at 33.66. He has been part of national & provincial performance pathway coaching set-ups since 2006, including his stints as Ireland Wolves Assistant Coach, Men’s Under 19s Head Coach & cricket Ireland Academy performance coach.
Richard Holdsworth, high-performance director for Cricket Ireland said about Ryan Eagleson’s appointment, “We have appointed Ryan Eagleson as bowling coach for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, & he will join the squad as soon as his commitments at the Under 19s World Cup Qualifier have been completed. Ryan needs no introduction to Irish cricket fans & his credentials stand for themselves”.
“This interim appointment will now allow us to review our options around the senior coaching group & we shall seek to appoint a full-time successor to Stuart after the T20 World Cup” he added.
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