Swashbuckling opener Paul Stirling has been appointed vice-captain for Ireland for all three formats of the game. He has been important player in Ireland’s setup and will act as deputy to captain Andrew Balbirnie across all the three formats.
The 29-year old has been a bankable performer for Ireland in the ODI and T20 format. Previously, he has served as interim captain for Ireland in a couple of matches played last year. He has most capped player in the side and will be looking to assist Captain Andrew Balbirnie and make decisions that can help Ireland qualify for 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Andrew Balbirnie was appointed Ireland’s captain for Tests and ODIs in November 2019. He replaced the veteran William Porterfield for the leadership post. The selection committee took another bold step and appointed him T20I captain. He replaced Gary Wilson, who did not do that well in the leadership role.
During Balbirnie reign as captain, Ireland delivered credible performances and went to draw the T20I series against West Indies played in the Caribbean. Earlier this year, Ireland had a closely contested against Afghanistan staged in India. Despite losing the ODI series, Paul Stirling expressed his full support for Captain Andrew Balbirnie.
Andrew Balbirnie also expressed that appointing Paul Stirling as vice-captain was a big step in the right direction for Ireland cricket team. He stated that he wanted to create a strong working partnership with Paul Stirling to make sure the side can deliver decent results on the field.
With the Ireland national cricket team resumed training last week, there are currently no active cricket tours for the side due to Covid-19 outbreak. There have been positives as Cricket Ireland are in talks with England and Wales Cricket Board of possibly hosting three-match series between Ireland and England next month.