Cricket Ireland has announced that Ed Joyce has been appointed as the interim Head Coach of the Ireland Women’s cricket team through to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in August and September.
Joyce, 40, has been involved in the international coaching set-up with the Irish men’s, women’s and performance pathway teams since he announced his international retirement in May 2018.
Joyce has stepped up following the departure of Aaron Hamilton after four years in the role.
Hamilton oversaw qualification for two ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and pushed for the first ever part-time professional contracts that were offered to six of the Women’s international team.
Joyce took his first training session with the squad at the Cricket Ireland High-Performance Centre on the Sport Ireland Campus yesterday.
The team is in the midst of a generational transition at present with key players including Joyce’s sisters Isobel and Cecilia retiring last year.
“I’m excited by the talent and potential of this young squad – there were some extremely encouraging performances from several players during the West Indies series and this bodes well leading into potentially more important games later in the summer,” he said
“It’s a great opportunity for me to further my journey in coaching, albeit on an interim basis until the end of the T20 World Cup qualifier.”
“I have been coaching some of the top order batters on a 1-on-1 basis, as well as joining squad sessions in the lead-up to the West Indies series that just finished. On a personal note, I enjoyed working with Aaron during the last few months and wish him and his family well with the next step.”
“The initial period for me now is getting to know the further squad and helping the team prepare for a tough six-match series against Zimbabwe in July. This series, combined with the quadrangular series in August, is ideal preparation leading into the T20 Qualifier which is undoubtedly our biggest and most important test this summer.”
“Ed needs no introduction to Irish fans, and he has been working hard behind-the-scenes on coaching within the Cricket Ireland senior structure since May last year,” added Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director for Cricket Ireland.
“When the need for an interim Head Coach arose, it was great to have such a world-class cricketer and budding international coach available to call upon, and we had no hesitation in approaching him about the opportunity.”
“2019 has been a big year for women’s cricket in Ireland, with some key fixtures ahead that culminate in the T20 World Cup Qualifier. It was crucial for our team’s success that we acted quickly on this interim appointment to ensure the new Head Coach had as much time to work with the squad as possible.”
The Women’s game has benefitted from specific commercial investment over the past twelve months with Hanley Energy as the Official Partner of the Women’s Team, Toyota backing the Super 3’s tournament and players coming through the Shapoorji Pillonji Academy.
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