Cricket Ireland on Thursday appointed former England player Stuart Barnes as an assistant coach of the national senior team. Barnes will take over his role as a deputy to the Graham Ford with the national senior team after all the formalities.
Barnes has the experience of working with Somerset county club and he was also a part of Royal London One-Day Cup-winning campaign of the side.
Now he has come into a three-year-contract with Ireland cricket after working with the side during their recent tour of England in July.
“It was a great experience to link up with Graham Ford and the Ireland team for the recent ODI series against England at the Ageas Bowl,” Barnes said.
“I loved the challenge of the international game and adding value wherever I could. The opportunity to continue this on a full-time basis for the next three years is incredibly exciting and I’m delighted to now be part of the team” he added.
Barnes also holds the past experience of working with Bangladesh A, England Under-19, Gloucestershire and Surrey. He also shared stint with Graham Ford for six years at Surrey and played a significant role in their good run.
“We have been extremely impressed with Stuart’s exceptional technical and tactical knowledge of bowling, outstanding communication skills and relentless work ethic, although this came as no surprise to us given his great experience and our own knowledge of him,” Richard Holdsworth, Cricket Ireland’s High Performance Director said.