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Malan expresses ‘delight’ after agreeing contract extension as Ireland’s head coach

Heinrich Malan said he is ‘delighted’ after agreeing a two-year contract extension as head coach of the Ireland men’s team. 

The 43-year-old joined the Green and Whites in January 2022 on an initial three-year deal. 

The South African guided his team to the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia where they finished fifth in Group 1 but beat eventual winners England in a group game. 

Ireland failed to qualify for the 2023 World Cup in India but they will be in action at next month’s T20 World Cup. 

The Green and Whites will face India in their first match of the tournament on June 5 in New York. 

Malan’s contract extension means he will remain as their head coach until the middle of 2027. 

In a statement, he said (per BBC Sport): “I am delighted with the extension as it provides the squad and coaching staff a great deal more certainty as we build upon the foundations we have put in place over the last two years”. 

Ireland have been playing impressively in the last few weeks. 

They made things very difficult for Pakistan in the recently concluded T20 series, winning the first game and posting excellent totals in the other two. 

The Paul Stirling-led side then claimed three successive wins in the T20 tri-series featuring Netherlands and Scotland.


Ireland will want to carry their form into the upcoming tournament but face some of the best teams in the world. 

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