Gary Wilson will be celebrating the New Year in South Africa after landing a coaching consultancy role with Pretoria Capitals in the SA20.

The 37 year-old Belfast man has been the batting and wicket-keeping coach for Ireland since 2021, following a short stint as Warriors coach following his retirement from playing in 2020.

He will hook up with former Surrey and Ireland coach Grham Ford who is in charge of the franchise, while Ireland skipper Paul Stirling is also in the Capitals ranks.

The month long tournament runs from January to February 10th, and there was no conflicting interests with Ireland hors de combat for almost three months since their series win earlier this month in Zimbabwe.

“I’m really looking forward to such a great opportunity to work within an established franchise system and develop new insights into the ever-evolving T20 format," said Wilson.

“With a T20 World Cup in June next year, it’s important that we are doing all we can as coaches and players to ensure we are preparing well for the tactics and approaches that teams will be bringing to the tournament, so this opportunity will be a great experience and, hopefully, I can bring back some learnings to the Irish setup."