Following the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe, Andy Balbirnie has made the decision to step down from his role as Ireland’s captain.
To fill the leadership void, experienced batsman Paul Stirling will assume the position of interim captain for both ODIs and T20Is.
Since taking over the captaincy in 2019, Balbirnie led Ireland in a total of 89 matches across different formats, including four Tests, 33 ODIs, and 52 T20Is. In his final match, a thrilling two-wicket victory over Nepal, the 32-year-old bid farewell to his teammates and conveyed his decision to step down. Reflecting on his choice, Balbirnie stated, “After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to relinquish my role as ODI and T20I captain. It has been a tremendous honor to lead this team in recent years, and I am immensely grateful for the support I have received both on and off the field from players, coaches, Cricket Ireland, and our loyal supporters.”
Balbirnie further expressed his belief that this is the right moment for him to step aside, not only for himself but also for the betterment of the team. He assured that he will continue to give his best for the squad and actively contribute to their success in the coming years. In conclusion, he expressed his gratitude, saying, “Thank you.”