Former President and Chairman of Cricket Ireland, Joe Doherty, will be honoured at tonight’s 2020 Turkish Airlines Irish Cricket Awards, recognising his many decades of dedication and commitment to cricket across Ireland.
Doherty will be presented with a Special Award – Gibney’s Outstanding Contribution and Service to Irish Cricket , in honour of John Wright – an award that recognises individuals who are held in the highest regard within the Irish cricket community, having made a significant long-term contribution to sustaining and growing the reputation of cricket, growing participation and/or advocating for improvements in facilities and opportunities for players.
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“My first reaction when I heard about my nomination was one of extreme surprise, as I don’t normally think in terms of awards for volunteers,” said Doherty.
“But, when I learned more about the award, and saw it was named in honour of John Wright, I realised the enormous significance behind it. It really struck me deeply that I was being very much honoured by being selected to stand in the shadow of such a great servant of Irish cricket.”
“I think the positive changes in Irish cricket in recent years have been seen where there has been a real commitment to quality coaching and development at all levels. By its very nature, this has been a painstaking and expensive exercise, but the output that has emerged surely justifies the effort, especially when we look at the likes of Joyce, Morgan, Mooney, Porterfield, McCallan and Stirling.”
“And when we added those to the incoming players – like Trent Johnston, Jeremy Bray, Andre Botha and Tim Murtagh – we can see that it was a winning formula on the world stage. We saw that in the West Indies in 2007 and in Australia and New Zealand in the 2015 Cricket World Cup – luckily for me, that latter one was also during my year as President, and to say the team did us all proud indeed be an understatement.”
Photos from the evening and real-time updates will be posted on the Cricket Ireland Twitter account on the day.
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