Ireland Captain is a Randy Pete
In November 2019 Andrew Balbirnie was named as the new Ireland Test and one-day captain after long-serving skipper William Porterfield stepped down.
Dublin-born Balbirnie, 28, became Ireland’s second Test captain and the fifth man to captain the one-day international side taking over from William Porterfield, who will continue playing, and led the side 253 times after taking over from Trent Johnston in 2008.
Andrew Balbirnie played a season with Randwick Petersham in 2016-17 and is capped 1st Grade player no. 107. He joined the club under the RPC-Cricket Ireland Official Overseas Scholarship program.
Balbirnie played the first two rounds in 2nd Grade before being called into 1st Grade in round 3 against Northern District at Mark Taylor Oval. Batting no. 7 he was unluckily run out for 23 off 27 balls with three boundaries after coming in to bat late in the day with the score 5-355. He ended the season with 358 runs in 2nd Grade including a brilliant 121 against Uni. of NSW. He was also involved in two century partnerships.
Shortly after returning to Ireland he was selected to join the National Ireland Squad and went on to play First Class cricket with Ireland which was granted Test status in June 2017. In August 2017 he made his maiden first-class century with 130* on the first day of the match against Netherlands at Malahide.
“To be asked to captain my country is an absolute honour,” Balbirnie said. “It’s a proud moment, not just for me but also for my family and everyone who has been there on my cricket journey so far – especially my coaches, teammates and friends at Pembroke Cricket Club.
“Since 2008, William Porterfield has been an amazing leader on and off the field, not just to me but anyone who has been lucky to represent Ireland. Taking over from our greatest captain will certainly be a hard act to follow but one I’m looking forward to getting into. William still has a huge role to play in this team going forward and I look forward to working with him over the next couple of years.”
Balbirnie made his international debut in 2010 and has appeared 123 times for Ireland. His first international match as captain was on 7 January 2020 when Ireland faced the West Indies in a one-day international in Barbados.