Former Northants Coach David Ripley has been installed as interim Ireland Head Coach, with Gary Wilson acting as assistant, and Ryan Eagleson bowling coach.

Batting Coach Ben Smith has left his consultancy role with Ireland, after five years in the job - another victim of the fall-out from the T20 World Cup debacle.

The search for a permanent successor to Graham Ford will begin immediately with a three-year deal on the table for the right candidate.

55 year-old Ripley won the English T20 competition twice with Northants, and it was this prowess in the short-ball format that attracted Ireland as they have endured misery in the T20 game over the past decade.

David Ripley: Pic Northants CCC

I am honoured to be joining Cricket Ireland for the next three months," said Ripley.

"Its a really exciting opportunity and one I intend to make the very most of it, giving Andrew Balbirnie, the players and the staff all my support and experience. The cricket ahead looks exciting and qualification for the T20 World Cup is our priority.

He worked with Paul Stirling when the Irish international signed with Northants in 2020, and is a former teammate of current Chairman of  Selectors, Andrew White.

His deputy Gary Wilson has been seconded from the NWCU until the end of February, with Boyd Rankin acting as interim coach until the start of March.

Ireland Under 19 Head Coach Ryan Eagleson will be the national bowling coach for the next three months.

The Under 19's World Cup campaign gets under way in January, but before that they are playing the USA in three games after Christmas.

Albert van der Merwe and Pete Johnston took charge of the side at a recent training camp in Desert Springs, while Eagleson was away with the senior side at the T20 World Cup.