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Heinrich Malan appointed Ireland men’s cricket team head coach

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Dublin, January 4: South African-born coach Heinrich Malan has been appointed as head coach for the Ireland men’s cricket team.

Malan has replaced Graham Ford, will take up the role in March 2022 (subject to work permit approval) on an initial three-year contract, according to Cricket Ireland.

Malan, 40, a right-handed middle-order batter and medium-fast bowler, played first-class cricket in South Africa between 2005 and 2009, representing Combined Eastern-Northerns XI and Northern Cricket Union – captaining the latter during the 2006-07 season

“It’s very humbling and a huge honour to be appointed Head Coach of the Ireland Men’s team. We have an exciting squad that has demonstrated that they have the ability to compete with the best players around the world. It is an exciting challenge and something that we, as a family, are really looking forward to,” Malan said in a statement.

“A lot of credit has to go to Graham Ford, who has done a stellar job over the last four years. We have some serious building blocks in place which I believe we can build on going forward

“My coaching philosophy has certainly evolved over time and I am very keen to get to know this group of players and staff to collaboratively shape our environment through the way we want to operate on a daily basis,” he added.

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