Cricket Ireland has announced that High Performance Director Mark Garaway was leaving the organisation for family reasons.
Mark Garaway said, “My personal situation has progressed to a point where my working HQ and family base need both to be in England. 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.”
Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom paid tribute to the work carried out by Mark Garaway saying:
“We are very sorry to lose Mark, but of course we appreciate that family comes first. 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 said, “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.”
Cricket Ireland will commence the search for a replacement in the coming days.