Leinster Lightning have been hit by a double resignation blow ahead of the new campaign with Jeff Short stepping down as a selector and Yaqoob Ali remaining in Munster.

Jeff Short has recently set up his own Insurance Brokerage and the increased workload would impinge on his selection duties.

Jeff was one of the original Lightning selectors appointed when the revamped interprovincial series came into being back in 2013.

He has been part of a selection group overseeing Leinster Lightning’s unprecedented success, winning 13 out of the 15 trophies on offer to date.

The Lightning players, selectors and coaching staff would like to thank Jeff for all his hard work over the past 5 seasons and wish him the best of success with his new business endeavour.

Yaqoob Ali Shah has also retired from Leinster Lightning, after he decided to play all his cricket in the Munster Cricket Union.

Yaqoob has commuted from Tralee, Co. Kerry over the last number of years to play in Leinster and having already represented Munster in the 2017 IP20 competition, he has decided to play all his cricket closer to home.

His enthusiasm, energy and love for the game was infectious and he always played the game with a smile on his face and will be greatly missed.

Yaqoob played with great distinction for YMCA and The Hills in the Leinster league. His prowess saw him gain recognition with Ireland A and he was rumoured to be close to a senior call-up on a number of occasions.