There comes the latest update straight from Cricket Ireland! Ireland’s Captain Andrew Balbirnie has stepped down from white-ball captaincy with immediate effect. Cricket Ireland announced its decision on Tuesday. The board further confirmed the appointment of Paul Stirling as Interim Captain. The decision came after Ireland failed to qualify for the Super Six Stage of the ongoing World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe, after winning just one fixture out of four league stage fixtures they have played.
“After much thought and consideration, I have made the decision to step down as ODI and T20I captain,” Balbirnie said. “It has been one of my great honors to lead this team over the last few years and I am hugely grateful for all the support I received on and off the pitch from the many players, coaches, Cricket Ireland, and supporters of the Ireland team.
“I feel this is the right time for me, but more importantly the team. I will continue to do my best for this team and work hard to contribute towards what I hope will be a successful period over the next number of years. Thank you.”
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Ireland ended their World Cup Qualifiers 2023 Campaign in the 7th Spot behind Nepal. Their next assignment in limited overs format is the T20 World Cup European Qualifiers which begin on July 20, followed by a three-match T20I series at home against India in August and three-match ODI series away against England in September.