Adams withdraws from Cricket Ireland role
Adams, 46, had been announced in the position on Wednesday but has decided he does not want to be away from his young family or uproot them to Ireland.
"I have children who are at important stages of their life and education and I realised that a move as a family would cause major disruption," Adams said.
"On reflection and through further discussion with my family over the last 24 hours it has become clear to us that the situation is not going to be manageable. I really don't wish to put distance and time spent apart between myself and family, so I've unfortunately had to withdraw from the position.
"I am very sorry to Cricket Ireland for the inconvenience, but I'd like to thank them for their complete understanding, sympathetic approach and wish them a very successful future"
Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth said: "Naturally we are disappointed with Chris' decision but understand his concern. Moving a family to a new city and country is never an easy matter and he's obviously done some soul searching before making a difficult decision. We will reflect on the best way forward for getting a suitable replacement."
After retiring from playing in 2008, Adams became Surrey's professional cricket manager which he held until being sacked in 2013 and has since had roles with Sri Lanka and Netherlands.