Paul Stirling Opener appointed Ireland ODI and T20 captain
After Andrew Balbirnie resigned as captain of the white-ball sides in July, the 33-year-old was appointed temporary captain.
Stirling said it was an honor and privilege to be offered this role.
In the wake of Ireland’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, Balbirnie stepped down as Test captain.
Stirling scored 5,623 runs in 156 ODIs and 3,408 runs in 131 T20s since making his Ireland debut in 2008.
With 705 runs at an impressive average of 54.23 in ODIs in 2021, Stirling won the Ireland player of the decade award. Right-handed right-hander, who opted for international cricket over the county game in 2019, has played in two World Cups and his passion for 50-over cricket led him to accept the captaincy.
“I love the format and I think it is the pinnacle of international cricket – that’s why I accepted the captaincy role.”.
My motivation to play in 50-over World Cups is one of the reasons I returned from county cricket to Ireland in the first place, as I believe they are the pinnacle of our game.
Our team has a good balance – there’s a lot of youth coming up with a lot of talent, and there’s also a huge amount of experience.”