Ed Joyce has been appointed as the interim Head Coach of the Ireland Womenís cricket team through to the T20 World Cup Qualifier at the end of the summer in Scotland. 

The 40 year-old has been involved in the international coaching set-up with the Irish menís, womenís and performance pathway teams since he announced his international retirement following Ireland's first Test against Pakistan last May.

"Iím excited by the talent and potential of this young squad - there were some extremely encouraging performances from several players during the West Indies series and this bodes well leading into potentially more important games later in the summer," said Joyce after taking his first training session. 

ďItís a great opportunity for me to further my journey in coaching, albeit on an interim basis until the end of the T20 World Cup qualifier.

"I have been coaching some of the top order batters on a 1-on-1 basis, as well as joining squad sessions in the lead-up to the West Indies series that just finished."

Joyce takes over the reins from Aaron Hamilton who left the role following a review of performances last week. Joyce had been working with the affable Aussie, and wished him well for the future.

"On a personal note, I enjoyed working with Aaron during the last few months and wish him and his family well with the next step.

ďThe initial period for me now is getting to know the further squad and helping the team prepare for a tough six-match series against Zimbabwe in July.

"This series, combined with the quadrangular series in August, is ideal preparation leading into the T20 Qualifier which is undoubtedly our biggest and most important test this summer."