Ireland news July 11, 2011

Garaway leaves High Performance post

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mark Garaway has decided to leave his post as Cricket Ireland's High Performance Director, citing family reasons. Garaway, who was England's team analyst for three years, joined Ireland's staff in 2009 and also helped implement and develop programmes aimed at nurturing the game in Ireland.

"My personal situation has progressed to a point where my working HQ and family base need both to be in England," Garaway said. "I sincerely thank Warren and my other colleagues for the support that they have given me on both a professional and personal perspective over the past two years.

"It has been a period of significant growth for the organisation and I am proud to have played my role in developing the structures and recruiting high-achieving individuals into both the Development and Performance Departments. I have really enjoyed working in Ireland these last two years, and wish Cricket Ireland all the success that their talent, passion and commitment on and off the field deserves."

"We are very sorry to lose Mark, but of course we appreciate that family comes first," Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said. "He has played the defining role in shaping our cricket department, giving it the structure, dynamism and professionalism that it previously lacked. He has set down the pathway for our youngsters to be the next William Porterfield or Kevin O'Brien, and can be rightfully proud of his significant achievements in such a short space of time."

Current Ireland vice-captain Trent Johnston was also generous in his praise for Garaway saying: "Mark Garaway has been instrumental in setting up a world-class infrastructure for Cricket Ireland. He has put in place processes which will stand Ireland in good stead for generations to come.

"He's been a pleasure to deal with, and on a personal level was very supportive when I was completing my level three coaching course. I wish him and his family all the best for the future."