End of a Chapter

Graham Ford will step down as Ireland men's head coach with immediate effect, Cricket Ireland announced on Wednesday (November 17), bringing an end to his four-year stay with the side.

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Ford was appointed in 2017 for the role on a three-year deal initially, which was extended by another three in 2019.

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He will see out his contractual notice period which will end mid-December.

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"The last four years have been very special for me - I have enjoyed many happy days with a cricket squad made up of very special people," said Ford.

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"I have also enjoyed watching club cricket and experiencing the passion and club loyalty of many fine cricketing people.

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Under Ford's tutelage, Ireland played 102 international games - 51 T20Is, 47 ODIs, 3 Tests, and 1 List A match.

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He also led Ireland through their Test cricket debut against Pakistan. In the T20 World Cup this year, his side finished third in the qualifying group and failed to qualify to the Super 12s.

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Andrew Balbirnie, Ireland's captain, heaped praise on Ford, describing him as "one of the best coaches" he has worked with.

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