Henrik Malan named Ireland cricket coach

South Africa's Henrik Malan appointed Ireland cricket coach

Henrik Malan will take up the position in March on a 3-year contract subject to obtaining a work visa.© Twitter

Henrik Malan was named the head coach of Ireland’s men’s cricket team on Tuesday, filling the void left by Graham Ford, who stepped down last November. The 40-year-old South African has been in New Zealand for several years with his latest role being coach of the Auckland Aces. Malan, a former middle-order batsman and medium-pacer, will take over in March on a three-year contract for which he will get a work visa. In his more recent roles he has held assistant coaching positions for the New Zealand team and head coach of New Zealand A.

He has also served as the batting coach for the Black Caps.

“It is a very humble and great honor to be appointed head coach of the Ireland men’s team,” Malan said in a statement to Cricket Ireland on its website.

“We have an exciting team that has shown they have the ability to compete with the best players from around the world. It is an exciting challenge and something that we, as a family, are really looking forward to ”

Cricket Ireland’s Director of High Performance Richard Holdsworth said Malan’s eagerness to develop young talent was a particular plus in his case.

“Heinrich has worked in a world-class environment both internationally and domestically,” Holdsworth said.

“He has built a reputation as an innovative coach with interest and a willingness to do things differently – taking a more holistic approach to the sport.

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“He is an advocate for sports science, and has a keen interest in developing players – particularly in preparing them for the international stage.”

Ireland is preparing for three ODIs and one T20 match against West Indies in Jamaica.

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