Hampshire Cricket have announced former Ireland Coach Adi Birrell as First Team Manager.

Birrell has also worked as South Africa Assistant Coach and is the current Paarl Rocks Head Coach – he has enjoyed a successful spell leading his side to the knockout stages of the inaugural South African Mzansi Super League - joins the Club on a three-year-deal, taking on the key First Team management responsibilities following the departure of Craig White in October.

Birrell enjoyed a first-class playing career spanning more than a decade, having represented both Eastern Province and County Districts in his native South Africa from 1984, before moving into coaching at the conclusion of his playing career in 1997.

After working with the South Africa U19 side and acting as Head Coach of Eastern Province from 1999, the former all-rounder was appointed Ireland Head Coach in 2002.

Birrell led the side for a five-year period which saw them gain a place in the top 10 of the ICC World Rankings and also included a successful 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup campaign, in which they reached the Super Eight stage.

He was then named England U19 Head Coach in 2010, before joining South Africa’s coaching set-up under Russell Domingo, filling the role of Assistant Coach from 2013 until 2017, until his appointment at Paarl Rocks earlier this year.

"Adi is someone who is well respected throughout the cricketing world and has a reputation for improving individual and team performance. He brings experience, a sense of enjoyment and a genuine passion for the game and the people that play it - I’m looking forward to working with him," said Giles White, Hampshire Director Of Cricket.

Birell himself added: "I am honoured and delighted to be appointed as the Hampshire First Team Manager.

"While I was with the Proteas, we played at the Ageas Bowl in 2017 and I was very impressed with the world-class facilities. I am very excited to be working with such a talented group of cricketers and look forward to competing for honours in all three formats - it is a wonderful opportunity for me personally and I can't wait to get started in the new year. "

Birrell will join up with the Hampshire squad in March, leading the squad during their pre-season tour and friendly matches ahead of the commencement of the 2019 season in April. The best way to catch the Hampshire squad in action all year long next season is with a 2019 Hampshire Cricket Membership.