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Balbirnie to succeed long-serving Porterfield as Ireland captain

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Balbirnie to succeed long-serving Porterfield as Ireland captain
FILE PHOTO: Cricket - Test Match - England v Ireland - Lord's Cricket Ground, London, Britain - July 25, 2019 Ireland's William Porterfield gestures Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/File Photo   -   Copyright  Andrew Boyers(Reuters)

DUBLIN (Reuters) – William Porterfield has stepped down as Ireland’s test and one-day captain after more than 11 years at the helm with Andrew Balbirnie succeeding him, Cricket Ireland said on Friday.

Since taking over from former skipper Trent Johnston in 2008, Porterfield has led the senior team 253 times, including when Ireland debuted as a test nation in May last year.

“It has been an incredible journey, and a fantastic honour to have captained my country over the past 11 and a half years,” Porterfield said in a statement.

“To have been able to lead Ireland out at various World Cups, through to our first test against Pakistan, and again at Lord’s in the summer, have been but a few of these highlights.”

Middle-order batsman Balbirnie will begin his tenure in January with a one-day series in West Indies.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Toby Davis)