John Mooney has joined Afghanistan as fielding coach ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.

He will be renewing an association with new Afghan Head Coach Phil Simmons, who won 11 trophies with the Irish between 2007 and 2015.

Mooney gained 182 caps for Ireland before retiring in 2015, a decision which he later regretted. He made himself available again, but the offer was never taken up by John Bracewell.

The 35 year-old has previously undertaken some consultancy coaching work with Ireland before teaming up with Jeremy Bray to be a part-time fielding coach with Denmark and player-coach of Clontarf.

"It's a huge honour to be part of an international set-up like this," said Mooney. "Simmo has been like a father to me over the years. He has helped me through some really tough times and also been there for some of the greatest moments of my life.

"When he rang me about this offer it was amazing. I obviously had to chat it through with my wife Helena before I could say yes, as I will be away for the next 10 weeks up until the end of the WCQ tournament, but we had no problem recognising how great an opportunity it is to really kick on in my coaching career.

"I'm very excited and the guys are great. It's a huge tournament for everyone involved and I hope I can play my part in helping Afghanistan to qualify for their second ICC World Cup."

Now a Full Member, Afghanistan are one of ten teams attempting to secure one of the only two places on offer for the 2019 tournament.

Simmons previously guided Ireland to victory in the two previous qualification processes, winning the 2009 ICC Trophy in South Africa, and the World Cricket League Championship in 2013.

He has previously coached Zimbabwe and West Indies as well as the Irish, with all three among the teams in contention when the competition starts in Harare on March 4th.