Cricket

William Porterfield steps down as Ireland captain, Andrew Balbirnie takes over

  • Agence France-Presse
  • November 8th, 2019
  • 21:42:50 IST

Dublin: William Porterfield has stepped down as Ireland captain after 11 years at the helm, Cricket Ireland announced on Friday.

The 35-year-old, who took over from Trent Johnston in 2008, has been replaced by Andrew Balbirnie.

File picture of William Porterfield. Reuters

File picture of William Porterfield. Reuters

"It has been an incredible journey, and a fantastic honour to have captained my country over the past 11 and a half years," Porterfield said in a statement on the federation website.

"I feel, and in consultation with Cricket Ireland, that now is the right time to hand over that mantle."

Porterfield, who intends to keep playing international cricket, led the senior Irish side 253 times across all forms of the game since taking over from Johnston.

He led Ireland in two 50-over World Cups and five T20 World Cups, but perhaps his most significant moment as captain was leading Ireland out at its historic first-ever Test against Pakistan in Malahide in May 2018.

"There have been many highs, along with a few lows along the way, but I can honestly say that it has been thoroughly enjoyable," he said.

Leinster batsman Balbirnie, who will take over the Test and ODI teams, played his first one-day international against Scotland in 2010.

He played in Ireland's first Test against Pakistan but the 28-year-old failed to score a run in either innings, becoming the 44th player in the history of Test cricket to be dismissed for a pair on debut.

"The selectors have made a great choice in appointing 'Balbo'," said Porterfield.

"Having spoken to him, I know how honoured and excited he is to get going.

"I’m looking forward to helping and supporting Balbo in any way I can, and seeing him lead Ireland forward."

Updated Date: November 08, 2019 21:42:50 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

They're killing the entertainment in T20 cricket, says Chris Gayle of current openers
First Cricket News

They're killing the entertainment in T20 cricket, says Chris Gayle of current openers

The 42-year-old Jamaican said that the T10 is setting new standards when it comes to explosive batting.

Highlights, Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st Test Day 5 at Galle: Hosts win by 187 runs
First Cricket News

Highlights, Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st Test Day 5 at Galle: Hosts win by 187 runs

Catch the live score and updates from Day 5 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies

Not many leg-spinners have Test ambitions these days, says Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
First Cricket News

Not many leg-spinners have Test ambitions these days, says Laxman Sivaramakrishnan

Amit Mishra was the last leg-spinner to play Test cricket for India in 2016.