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Ireland appoint Andrew Balbirnie as T20I captain

Ireland appoint Andrew Balbirnie as T20I captain

Ireland Cricket appointed Andrew Balbirnie as the T20I captain. Balbirnie will be taking over the command of the team from Gary Wilson. This move sees Andrew becoming the captain for Ireland across all formats as the board had appointed him as captain of the ODI and Test sides earlier this month to replace William Porterfield.

Wilson, who was named Ireland’s full-time T20I captain in June this year, first led the side in a T20I in 2016 against Papua New Guinea before taking the role full time in 2018. He led the side in 26 games where Ireland won 12 and lost 13. “Gary has been an exceptional leader of this young squad over the last 18 months, and it has been his experience, incredible passion for Irish cricket and clarity of thinking that has been the major contributor to the team’s exciting progress over the last 18 months and qualify for the T20 World Cup,” head coach Graham Ford said. “It is a mark of Gary’s professionalism that he has understood the interests of the team, and wholeheartedly committed his full support to Andrew in his newly consolidated leadership role.”

Ireland finished third in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier and sealed their spot in the tournament next year in Australia. Wilson acknowledged he was pleased with his tenure. “It was an absolute honor to be asked to captain Ireland – it was something that I dreamt about as a child. When I took on the job 18 months ago it was always the remit to qualify for the world cup and re-assess from there,” he said.

“I’m very much looking forward to continuing as a player and working with Balbo in the future. I think it will prove to be a great appointment and believe that it is important that he, as a captain, has control of all three sides and gets to take it in a direction that he sees fit.”

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