Former Ireland coach Adi Birrell will be a key part of the Cricket Ireland post-T20 World Cup review.

Birrell, who took Ireland onto the world stage for the first time at the 2007 World Cup, is currently head coach at Hampshire, and will lend his expertise and insight alongside Portas Consulting, a global sports advisory company, who have been appointed to lead the previously announced urgent performance review after Ireland crashed out of the tournament in the first round.

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said: “My management team will be available to support where required and the process will broadly look at two phases – event preparation and the event itself – with one-on-one interviews with key on and off (the field) people.

“The report from this review will be presented in the first instance to the High Performance Committee, before going to the Board. We will release a summary report at the conclusion of the process, which we hope will be by the end of the year.”

Portas is currently undertaking a post Tokyo Olympics review for Sport Ireland and has also worked on strategic projects with the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Ireland Women will have only three group games at this month’s World Cup qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe after Papua New Guinea were forced to pull out yesterday because of an outbreak of Covid in the squad.

It leaves Ireland with games against Netherlands, West Indies and Sri Lanka, on alternate days from November 21 but will leave them with a six-day break if they make the top three and qualify for the Super Six stage.