A new season, coupled with a new team and role, offers Tyrone Kane the chance to get his career back on track.

The Dubliner lost his Irish contract last October, having made the last of his ten international appearances in 2019.

Not one to mope around dwelling on what might have been, the 26 year-old has just been appointed captain of Munster Reds, who are appearing in the 50-overs Interprovincial Cup for the first time.

For Kane, the new role as skipper is one that he is planning to embrace.

Tyrone Kane

“It’s a massive honour to lead the group going into the new season,” Kane told CricketEurope. “With Munster being added to the new format, I think it’s great. There has been a little bit of a re-jig of the squads to make it more competitive. It’s a really exciting time for our bunch.

“There’s a really nice blend in the ranks with international experience and some young up and comers hungry to state their case for senior honours.”

Kane was an integral part of the dominant Lightning side, their most capped player with 73 appearances, and most successful with 19 winners’ medals. How did he react when told he was off to Cork after eight years?

“My initial thoughts were of excitement,” he admitted. “I’m really keen to get down to Munster and embark on a new challenge.

“I had a great eight years with Leinster Lightning winning all the trophies we could. I had a brilliant time there, playing with some incredible players.”

Tyrone Kane with his 2015 Interpro Player of the Series Award

Kane’s exploits with the ball have seen him capture 108 wickets at 19.65 – the best average in the competition, and third in terms of aggregate behind Craig Young (131) and George Dockrell (109).

He has also taken the only hat-trick and his strike rate of wickets taken in the all-important power-play overs are also the best. However, given Lightning’s strength, there was little opportunity to showcase his batting. He hopes a move up the order will rectify that.

“There was a sense though I’d achieved everything I could with Leinster and the time was right to move somewhere I could bat in the top six, and give myself the best chance for international recognition.

"Play a bit more, take on the added responsibility of leadership and look to develop that side of my game.”

Capped as a 20 year-old after being named Player of the Series in the 2015 Interpros, he has fallen out of favour on the international scene. Is the move a potential springboard to prove people wrong?

“It’s more a case that I want to prove to myself right, knowing what I can do, rather than showing anyone that they’re wrong.

“I’m sure nobody wants to be in a position where they have to give anybody bad news. When I got told that I wasn’t on the contract list this year it’s tough to take.

“The switch gives me a good chance to show what I’m capable of down in Munster playing in a different role, where I will more opportunities, especially with the bat. It will give me a chance to really push and stretch myself, which is exactly what I need at this stage of my career.”

Huge appeal by Tyrone Kane

Having studied Economics at UCD, Kane now has a full-time job as a Technical Support Specialist at HubSpot. A job in the real world outside the safety bubble of cricket has added maturity to the talented all-rounder and he’s hoping this will be reflected in his captaincy style.

“The most important thing as captain that I want to do is creating an environment of positivity allowing people the freedom to play their natural game. They’ve all reached this stage for a reason. I want them to play with freedom, positivity and most of all enjoyment.

“I haven’t captained a side since Ireland U19s, when we didn’t qualify for the World Cup. I took a lot of learning from that. I’ve been involved with a lot of leadership groups at different levels since and feel now that I’ve matured is the ideal time to step up with the new campaign just around the corner.”

Tyrone Kane batting for Ireland

Citing his major captaincy influences as William Porterfield, John Anderson, John Mooney and George Dockrell, he’s looking forward to working with Munster Reds Head Coach Ted Williamson, and vice-captain Gareth Delany, both of whom are very familiar to him.

“I’ve known Ted for a number of years. He was my coach at Ireland under-age and also at Leinster Lightning when we won back-to-back trebles.

“We understand each others style pretty well so I’m really looking forward to striking up that partnership again and really energizing the squad.

“I’m delighted to have Gareth on board as vice-captain. His international experience of the past few seasons where he’s played in the T20 World Cup qualifiers as well as the T20 Blast in England will be invaluable, and be a great sounding board for me.

“Having his and Ted’s cricketing knowledge to help me is something I’m relishing. Together we can all help push this squad on in what is set to be a really exciting season.”

Munster begin their interprovincial season with an away day trip to take on the North West Warriors at Eglinton on May 6th.