Ed Joyce Named As The Head Coach Of Ireland’s Women Team
Former Ireland cricketer Ed Joyce has joined Ireland’s women’s team as the permanent head coach. Joyce joined the side as the interim coach of the side in June this year. The apex body has offered a two-year contract immediately.
The former cricketer is one of the illustrious cricketers to play for the country. Ed Joyce has amassed over 18000 first-class runs and in his distinguished career. Besides, he has also worked with the men’s and women’s team since retiring in May 2018.
Joyce took over as the interim coach from Aaron Hamilton in June this year. Under his tenure, an Ireland side in transition were placed third in the T20 World Cup qualifier, narrowly missing out on qualification for the main event. Ed Joyce seemed ecstatic after the announcement and vouched to improve the standards of the game.
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“It’s a great time to have been offered this opportunity, and I had no hesitation in accepting the role full-time,” Joyce said. “The part-time contracts introduced this year, the rise in profile of women’s cricket and women’s sport in general, and the investment in facilities and support structures around the senior team all point to a commitment from Cricket Ireland to grow the game and lift our standards to compete on the world stage,” he added.
Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said that Ed Joyce will also guide promising cricketers at the Shapoorji Pallonji Women’s Academy in Malahide. He will look to create a pool of cricketers ahead of the 50-over World Cup qualifier in 2020 in Sri Lanka.
The 40-year-old Ed Joyce, who had a brief international career with England, only played one Test for Ireland, he scored 2,151 runs in 61 one-day internationals and 404 in 16 T20Is.
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