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Adams confident he can help Irish to more success at the top level

Chris Adams is the new director of the Cricket Ireland National Academy.

The former Sussex and England international replaces Craig Hogan who has returned to Australia for family reasons.

Adams (pictured) will take over responsiblity for bringing through the next generation of Irish stars and he arrives with a wealth of experience.

In nine seasons of captaining Sussex he lifted 11 trophies, and since his retirement in 2008 he has been Director of Cricket at Surrey and filled coaching and consultant roles with Sri Lanka and the Netherlands.

Most recently, he was batting consultant to the Dutch side which beat Ireland in the World T20 qualifiers in Dublin last July and again in the tournament finals in India in March.

Adams is relishing his new role with Ireland.

"The goal will most definitely be to ensure that Ireland Head Coach John Bracewell has the very best talent supply over the next few years, to ensure we remain on course to be competitive across all three forms of the game at the highest level," he said.

The Shapoorji Pallonji Academy was established in 2013 in a 10-year agreement, with its aim to identify and support the most talented young male and female players in the country, giving them the best possible chance of success on the international stage.

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