William Porterfield steps down as Ireland captain after 11 years
William Porterfield has resigned from the leadership role of Ireland after 11 years in the role. 28-year old Andrew Balbirnie will take Porterfield’s role as Test and 50-over captain, while Gary Wilson will continue his captaincy in the T20s.
Balbirnie turns into Ireland’s second-ever Test skipper in their cricket history and fifth captain in the One-Day International side.
35-year old Porterfield had been serving Ireland since 2008 when he took over the captaincy role from pacer Trent Johnston. He led the team in 253 occasions including two 50-over World Cup, five World T20s and Ireland’s first ever Test match against Pakistan at Malahide in May 2018.
“It has been an incredible journey, and a fantastic honour to have captained my country over the past 11 and a half years. To have the opportunity to lead Ireland out at different World Cups, through to our first-ever Test against Pakistan, and again at Lord’s in the summer, have been nevertheless a couple of these features. I feel inconceivably fortunate and favored to have done as such.
“I feel, and in conference with Cricket Ireland, that now is the perfect time to hand over that mantle. With the ODI league beginning in the summer it will permit Balbo [Andrew Balbirnie] time to get into the swing of things. I feel that the selectors have settled on a great decision in naming Balbo and that it possesses come at an incredible time for him specifically being on top of his game, and with additional to come,” Porterfield said.
Balbirnie also expressed his joy after becoming the captain of Ireland national team. “To be asked to captain my nation is an absolute honour and one that I am exceptionally excited about as we move into a bustling new year,” he said.
“It’s a proud moment for me as well as for my family and everybody who has been there on my cricket journey until this point – particularly my coaches, teammates and friends at Pembroke Cricket Club.”
Balbirnie plays with current Irish Senior Cup champions Pembroke, and is no more unusual to captaincy, having driven the Ireland Wolves various occasions. He additionally captained his nation to an Under-19s World Cup in 2010 in which year he made his debut for the national side.