Lane To Join Ireland Coaching Team

Mark Lane
Mark Lane has joined the Ireland Women coaching staff
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Mark Lane, the vastly successful former coach of England Women, is to take up a consultancy role as part of the Ireland Women coaching team.

Lane, who guided England to victory at the ICC Women's World Cup and then the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in 2009, will be on hand alongside new coach Trent Johnston during the tri-series in Qatar and the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March.

"We believe it is important for the Ireland women's team to be competitive in the ICC World T20 in March and feel a coach of Mark's calibre and experience will support Trent and the players significantly," said Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth.

"Mark led the England team to two World Cup wins and between 2008 and 2013 England won 46 out of 60 Women's One-Day Internationals and 43 out of 54 Women's T20Is.  

"Mark's knowledge of the other women's international teams and the brand of cricket they play is second to none, and we feel his passion and confidence will rub off on the Irish players."

Lane, who was named both UK and High Performance Coach of the Year at the UK Coaching Awards in 2009, said he was looking forward to his new role.

"I'm delighted to accept this new challenge and I'm looking forward to working with the group of players," he said.

"I'm very hopeful that I can help to continue to grow the game and make it even more successful. These are exciting times for Irish cricket and it's a great opportunity to be part of it."

Johnston added: "I’m delighted to have Mark as part of the coaching set-up in Qatar and then at the Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

"His experience and knowledge of the ladies game will be invaluable to me and the squad."

Ireland head to Qatar shortly where they will play Pakistan and South Africa in both ODI and T20I tri-series between 10th and 24th January.

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