Former Irish international Andre Botha has been appointed the CEO of Malawi Cricket.

The 42 year-old enjoyed a glittering career in the Irish jersey playing 142 times between 2001 and his retirement in 2011.

He played a major role as the Irish dominated Associate cricket scoring 3606 runs and taking 176 wickets, playing in both the 2007 and 2011 World Cups.

After retiring he moved back to his native South Africa with his wife Yvonne where he enjoyed great success in coaching local cricket.

"A new chapter is starting in my coaching career," said Botha. "I'm blessed with all the opportunities that came my way the last month or so but I'm confident that I made the right decision.

"I can't wait to join up with Malawi Cricket in pursuing their goals."

Botha is set take up the role from the end of April.

MCU President Vivek Ganesan said “we had tremendous interest in this role from high caliber people from all parts of the cricket world and following meticulous deliberation the board appointed Andre.

"He will be working closely with the ICC, MCU Board and The Cricket Academy in developing cricket in all Malawi’s regions as well as taking the game forward in respect of Malawi National squads, this includes the qualifying competition for the next ICC T20 World cup.”

"Andre has been extremely active in coaching and managing various cricket programs in South Africa. As a Cricket South Africa (CSA) Level 3 coach Botha’s experience will be invaluable to the development of cricket throughout Malawi, while the National squads will benefit from his playing experience."