Dublin: William Porterfield has stepped down as Eire captain after 11 years on the helm, Cricket Eire introduced on Friday.

The 35-year-old, who took over from Trent Johnston in 2008, has been changed by Andrew Balbirnie.

File image of William Porterfield. Reuters

“It has been an unimaginable journey, and a unbelievable honour to have captained my nation over the previous 11 and a half years,” Porterfield mentioned in an announcement on the federation web site.

“I really feel, and in session with Cricket Eire, that now could be the correct time at hand over that mantle.”

Porterfield, who intends to maintain enjoying worldwide cricket, led the senior Irish aspect 253 instances throughout all types of the sport since taking on from Johnston.

He led Eire in two 50-over World Cups and 5 T20 World Cups, however maybe his most vital second as captain was main Eire out at its historic first-ever Check in opposition to Pakistan in Malahide in Might 2018.

“There have been many highs, together with just a few lows alongside the best way, however I can truthfully say that it has been completely pleasant,” he mentioned.

Leinster batsman Balbirnie, who will take over the Check and ODI groups, performed his first one-day worldwide in opposition to Scotland in 2010.

He performed in Eire’s first Check in opposition to Pakistan however the 28-year-old failed to attain a run in both innings, changing into the 44th participant within the historical past of Check cricket to be dismissed for a pair on debut.

“The selectors have made an important selection in appointing ‘Balbo’,” mentioned Porterfield.

“Having spoken to him, I understand how honoured and excited he’s to get going.

“I’m trying ahead to serving to and supporting Balbo in any approach I can, and seeing him lead Eire ahead.”

Up to date Date: Nov 08, 2019 21:42:50 IST