Cricket Ireland appoints Paul Stirling as vice-captain


Dublin: Cricket Ireland have appointed Paul Stirling as the vice-captain of the senior team, a decision over which captain Andrew Balbirnie said he had no hesitation.

Stirling, 29, made his debut for the national side back in March 2008 in an ICC Inter-Continental Cup match against Afghanistan. He has played 117 ODIs and 78 T20Is for his country so far and also played all three of Ireland’s Tests to date.

“It was fitting to get a call from Bal [Balbirnie] to ask me to be his vice-captain,” the new vice-captain said. “We’ve played together all the way up from when we were kids so I look forward to helping him shape the way this Irish side moves forward in the coming months and years ahead,” he added.

Balbirnie showed confidence in Stirling now being his new deputy. “I’ve known Paul since I was about 12 years old when we first played against each other in inter-provincial cricket – we’ve grown up together in our careers as such,” the captain said in a press statement.

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