New ODI & Test Captain for Ireland Team
William Porterfield has stepped down as Ireland's captain after 11 years in the role. Andrew Balbirnie has been appointed Ireland Men’s new Test and One-Day captain, succeeding the long-serving William Porterfield who has been at the helm since 2008. What a servant William Porterfield has been to his country, leading them in 253 matches in an 11 year period.
Andrew Balbirnie, a talented middle-order batsman of age 28. He began by playing for the Ireland Under-19s and captained the squad in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup, but he had a disastrous outing as he scored only 31 runs from 5 games in the tournament. Prior to that he progressed through age-group cricket. He was later a member of Ireland's 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division One winning team. His ODI debut came in the same year against Scotland where he got cheaply for only 1 in a low scoring game.
Andrew Balbirnie has played 63 ODI for Ireland with average of 31.81. He has scored 1813 runs for Ireland ODI team. His highest score in ODI cricket was 145* against Afghanistan this year. It might be a reason to impress the Irish selector to name him as Captain after Porterfield resigned. He was a part time bowler, who can bowl offbreaks. He has picked 2 wickets in his entire cricket career. Best wishes for the new captain.