37-year-old Nigel Jones will replace outgoing Selector Albert van der Merwe of Cricket Ireland, announced on Friday, March 13th.
Jones represented Ireland in 14 ODIs and five T20Is between 2010 and 2012 and was named head coach of Leinster Lightning last year. He will join the National Male Selection Board chaired by Andrew White, which includes Ian McGregor, Simon Johnston, and Graham Ford.
Gareth Delany has moved up four spots in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Men's T20I Rankings for all-rounders after making important contributions in both facets in the third #AFGvIRE T20I. pic.twitter.com/N9HjG3fjEc— ICC (@ICC) March 12, 2020
“It is an honor to be asked to be admitted to the National Selection Panel and I look forward to playing my part in supporting, challenging and promoting our current and next group of players in discussions at the selection table,” said Jones.
“It’s an exciting time right now, and I think we are now starting to see the benefits of the transition that we’ve gone through with people like Lorcan Tucker, Josh Little, Harry Tector, Mark Adair and Gareth Delany. James McCollum and David Delany have all demonstrated their promise in the past 12 months by either contributing to the game or winning for Ireland.
“However, these younger players would not have been successful without the experienced backbone of the squad, in which a large part of our permanent players is still positioned. The overall mix of experience and youth is beginning to bear fruit in our performance and I hope it will evolve over the next 12 to 18 months if we try to offer our players more opportunities. “