Nigel Jones has been appointed Talent Pathway Coach (Northern Ireland) on a full-time basis for the next two years.

The 41 year-old won 34 caps between 2009 and 2012, retiring after the 2012 T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

He has been involved in a variety of development and coaching roles , most recently as Head Coach of Leinster Lightning,

“Nigel has a track record of success and high standards both on and off the field, and we believe will bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to this important role," said Albert van der Merwe.

“The role is a much-needed part of the talent pathway for Ireland, helping to ensure that pipeline of talent from schools, clubs and Provincial Unions feeds routinely into Cricket Ireland’s national age-group squads and National Academy.

“Amongst his duties, Nigel will assist and lead on the delivery of coaching programmes for Cricket Ireland’s talent development programme and will be involved in coaching some or all under-age national boys and girls youth teams – from under-15s to under-19s level.

“Having played with Nigel in the national side and having worked with him in the Irish coaching environment, I have no doubt he will bring a professional and ambitious approach to the role."

Jones will begin his new job later this month.