Ireland name Paul Stirling as permanent white-ball captain

The men’s Ireland white-ball captain for the foreseeable future is senior batter Paul Stirling. Because they are concentrated on the two T20 World Cups and one 50-over showcase event that will take place in the next four years, the national selectors have chosen Stirling. Andrew Balbirnie will continue to lead the Test team.

Stirling became the acting captain of the White-ball forms after Balbirnie resigned in July. Now, he has an offer to take up the role on a full-time basis. The bold 33-year-old opener has already captained the side in 22 games (6 ODIs and 16 T20Is) between the two formats.

Playing for Ireland has always been a source of pride for me and to be confirmed the permanent white-ball captain is a recognition I don’t take for granted,” Stirling stated of his selection. As temporary captain, I have enjoyed working with Heinrich [Malan] and the coaching team over the past few months, but as everyone knows, we may have three world cup campaigns in the next four years, so the preparations must begin immediately.

“I recently said that the 50-over World Cup is my favourite type of cricket, and watching it in action has motivated me to make sure we go to the next tournament in 2027.” Since I know the entire team shares this goal, we’ll strive to carry that motivation into the December start of the season “Stirling went on.

Heinrich Malan, the Irish team’s head coach, praised the decision and noted Stirling’s depth of experience and understanding. To tie Kevin O’Brien’s record of 376 games played for Ireland in all competitions, Stirling needs just 13 more games. With 11,756 runs in all formats, Stirling has the most runs scored in Ireland’s history.

The previous six months of working so closely with Paul has confirmed that we have an asset of great skill and insight within the playing group—experience and information he has gained from his time with Ireland, in franchise cricket, and before in county cricket. Malan adds.

Even though Paul’s admirers may be aware of his on-field achievements, they greatly underestimate his leadership and collaborative abilities. It is evident to all that he is an ardent Irish cricket enthusiast who embodies the game. “It’s unbelievable to think that Paul still has many more amazing years to lead this squad and advance Irish cricket,” the speaker continued. Paul has fifteen years of international cricket experience.”

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