Ireland news July 1, 2014

Cricket Ireland appoints new selectors

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland Cricket have added Ian McGregor to the selection panel for the men's team, along with two new appointments as women's team selectors.

McGregor has been named national selector with responsibility for the north-west, providing the head coach, Phil Simmons, with another voice to consult on players in the provincial game.

"Ian has a wealth of knowledge of players in the north-west, helped by his coaching and playing commitments over the last 30 years," Cricket Ireland performance director, Richard Holdsworth, said.

"He is an excellent coach who is currently furthering his career with a BSc in Sports Coaching, and has been working as a Cricket Ireland assistant coach for the Ireland Under-19 programme."

With the Ireland women's team, coached by Trent Johnston, growing in profile, Rob O'Connor and Chris Siddell have been appointed to the selection panel. Nigel Pyne has stepped up to become chairman of selectors for Ireland women.

"Nigel has been a women's selector for some years, heads up our Emerging Players Programme and from time to time assists head coach Trent Johnston with the senior women's team," Holdsworth said. "He has the right skill sets to lead the women's selectors and ensure our talented players from all regions are being considered for international cricket.

"Rob O'Connor has been coaching girls and ladies' teams for the last six years in Leinster and has an in-depth knowledge of the players and teams. He will be joined by Chris Siddell, who although relatively new to the Leinster area, has 10 years coaching experience, and is currently coaching two ladies teams locally."