Lane takes on Ireland women's role

England women head coach Mark Lane takes training Getty Images

Mark Lane, the former England women's head coach, will link up with Ireland women as part of their coaching staff leading into the Women's World T20 in Bangladesh in March.

Lane, who oversaw England's world cup success in 2009 before leaving the role in May 2013, is being retained by Ireland as coach mentor having undertaken a consultant role alongside Trent Johnston, who was recently appointed Ireland women's head coach.

Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth said Lane would have a noteworthy effect on Ireland women: "We believe a coach of Mark's calibre and experience will support Trent and the players significantly.

"His knowledge of the other women's international teams and the brand of cricket they play is second to none, and we feel his passion and confidence will rub off on the Irish players."

Lane said he was delighted to accept a new challenge, which begins with an ODI tri-series in Qatar against South Africa and Pakistan on January 10. Four round-robin matches are scheduled before the final on January 17. The format is then replicated with T20 fixtures and the tour concludes on January 24.

Ireland tour party for Qatar
Isobel Joyce (capt), Laura Delany, Emma Flanagan, Jennifer Gray, Cecelia Joyce, Amy Kenealy, Louise McCarthy, Kate McKenna, Lucy O'Reilly, Rebecca Rolfe, Melissa Scott-Hayward, Clare Shillington, Elena Tice, Mary Waldron

ODI series
January 10, Pakistan
January 11, South Africa
January 13, Pakistan
January 14, South Africa
January 17, Final

T20 series
January 19, Pakistan
January 20, South Africa and Pakistan (double header)
January 22, South Africa
January 24, Final