Somerset's Stuart Barnes will join the Ireland squad for the three match ODI series against England later this month.

The appointment is a stop-gap measure, with Ireland having already carried out an interview process back in February as to who would replace Rob Cassell. However, given the fall-out from the Covid-19 crisis, that process may have to be repeated.

Barnes, who has coached Bangladesh, Surrey and England Young Lions amongst others, is Somerset’s full time Assistant and Specialist Bowling Coach. He will assume a similar role for Ireland under the guidance of Graham Ford, joining the squad for the series.

"To receive an invitation to help coach at international level was very pleasing," said Barnes.

(Stuart Barnes; Pic copyright Somerset CCC)

"Not only is it a great chance for me to learn by being in that environment, it’s an opportunity to find ways to add value to the Ireland dressing room and assist the bowlers.

"Both Ireland and Somerset  have been unbelievably accommodating in making this happen and allowing me to proceed with this opportunity."

Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth welcomed Barnes to the fold saying: “Stuart is a highly-respected coach and we are delighted he is able to join our support staff.

"Not only will his expertise be of value, but his knowledge of local conditions will assist our bowling unit greatly.”

Ireland will play two warm-up games ahead of the first ODI against England on Thursday July 30th.