Bray To Leave Ireland Coaching Position

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Jeremy Bray led Ireland to the ICC Women's World Twenty20 earlier this year but will leave in December
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Former Ireland international Jeremy Bray is to leave his position as a coach of the Ireland Women's team when his contract expires in December.

Bray, who played 15 One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals for Ireland, led the Women to their first ICC Women's World Twenty20, after they qualified for next year's tournament in Bangladesh.

However, he now feels his future lies elsewhere, the 40-year-old being keen to 'explore avenues elsewhere', according to a statement from Cricket Ireland.

During his team in charge of Ireland, the Women won promotion from the ECB County Championship Division Three in 2012, won the 2012 ICC European Women's T20 title and then qualified for next year's ICC Women's World T20.

"I've really enjoyed my time as coach of the Women, but it's time for a new challenge," Bray said.

"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.

"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. 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."

Bray will continue his work with the side until he leaves in December, helping them prepare for the ICC Women's World Twenty20.

Paying tribute to Bray, Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth said:

"I'd like to thank Jeremy for all his commitment and effort during his time in charge, and wish him well in his future coaching career. 

"He has helped develop and reshape the women's team during his tenure, and the team has enjoyed one of their most successful periods in Irish women’s history, having clearly benefited from his experience in the international arena.

"While it is a regret that Jeremy is moving on, it will give us a chance to further develop the game with a new leader and a change of direction which will be crucial in what will be the most important year in the history of the women's game in the country.

"Cricket Ireland will continue to invest heavily in  resources to further enhance and grow the game throughout all of Ireland."

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