Bray to step down as Ireland women’s coach
Former opening batsman looking for more permanent coaching job
Jeremy Bray will step down as Ireland women’s coach in December. Photograph: Andy Clark/Reuters
Former Ireland opening batsman Jeremy Bray will be step down as Ireland women’s coach at the end of his current contract in December after two years in charge of the team.
Bray helped the side qualify for the World Twenty20 finals in Bangladesh next year, but is looking to move to a more permanent coaching position from his present consultancy role with the women’s side.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time as coach of the women, but it’s time for a new challenge,” said Bray, who scored a century against Zimbabwe in Ireland’s first World Cup game against Zimbabwe in 2007. “ It’s been a part-time consultancy role and I’ve reached the stage in my career where I’m looking for something more permanent.”
Bray believes the side have benefited from an injection of young players in recent seasons, culminating in qualifying for the World Twenty20 after hosting the qualifying event during the summer.
“There’s been a real injection of youth into the squad over the past few years, and the future is bright as far as the women’s game is concerned,” added Bray.
“The team has really improved and I was, like everyone else, immensely proud of their efforts in qualifying for Bangladesh under tremendous pressure in August, which was a real testament to their character.
“I wish the squad the best of luck in Bangladesh, but for now there is a lot of hard work to be done, which I intend helping them with over the coming weeks until Christmas.
“I hope to have other opportunities in the future within Irish cricket to help develop players and young talent and look forward to that.”