Former New Zealand international Hamish Marshall is looking to return to international cricket with Ireland as both a player and coach.
31-year-old Marshall has not played for the Black Caps since the 2007 World Cup and has been playing in English county cricket as a Kolpak player.
The Gloucestershire middle-order batsman already holds an Irish passport and would be eligible to play for Ireland from April 2011, subject to approval from the International Cricket Council.
Marshall turned down a New Zealand contract for the 2007-08 season in order to play county cricket, but he now wants to return to the international arena with Ireland.
"I certainly love playing county cricket with Gloucestershire and plan to do so for some time yet," said Marshall.
"However, I miss international cricket and, being an Irish passport holder, there's hopefully an opportunity to combine both with Ireland.
"There's the added attraction of getting involved on the coaching side of things which is important as I look to my future."
With 66 one-day internationals and 13 Tests under his belt, Marshall would bring valuable experience as both a player and in a coaching capacity.
Cricket Ireland coach Phil Simmons said that Marshall would help out with coaching at all levels as well as bringing a huge boost as a player.
"It would be a great boost for Irish cricket to have a player of the calibre of Hamish Marshall available," said Simmons. "We would intend to make use of his talent not just on the field, but within all our coaching structures.
"It's our plan to have Hamish involved with our youth, women's and elite squads, and that can only be good for Irish cricket."
Marshall ironically made his 66 one-day international appearance against Ireland in Guyana during the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
From his 13 Test career, Marshall has amassed 652 runs at an average of 38.35, making centuries against both Australia and Sri Lanka.