Heinrich Malan: New Eire boss says Kevin O’Brien remains to be in rivalry for place

Heinrich Malan


Heinrich Malan’s appointment as Ireland head coach was announced in January

New Ireland head coach Heinrich Malan has said he has been in touch with Kevin O’Brien and insisted he is still in contention for selection under him.

O’Brien, Ireland’s leading appearance maker, missed out on a central contract for the coming seasons when they were awarded by Cricket Ireland earlier this month.

The 37-year-old was dropped from the senior squad following the Irish side’s disappointing exit from the T20 World Cup in October after defeats by Sri Lanka and Namibia.

O’Brien, the only Irish batter to have scored a century in Test, One Day International and T20 cricket, retired from 50-over cricket last year but is still available for T20s and Test cricket.

“We have exchanged a couple of messages,” Malan, 40, said when asked about O’Brien’s future on what was his first engagement with the media since being appointed to the Ireland role in January.

Kevin O'Brien
O’Brien is Ireland’s leading appearance maker

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