TOBY RADFORD is leaving his position as Cricket Ireland National Academy and Performance Manager citing family reasons.

Radford, who took over the role at the start of August, said: It has been a very difficult decision for me to make. For family reasons, I feel I have no alternative but to move back to the UK to be with them.

In my short time in this role with Cricket Ireland I have been very grateful for the positive attitudes, warm welcome and generosity of all the staff and players.

I have written a new Academy template and Programme for next years Cricket Ireland Shapoorji Pallonji Academy intake, and would have dearly loved to be here to implement it.

I wish Cricket Ireland every success with its continued drive for attaining ICC Full Member and Test Match status.

Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth commented: "We are naturally very disappointed to be losing Toby so quickly. Fortunately it is a quieter period of the year where most players are resting after the season.

"Clearly our experience in the few months of recruitment for this position has been a challenge, particularly in relocating. We shall look at the position again and have an in-depth review of our human resources around the Shapoorji Pallonji Academy in order to get to the right outcome."