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Stirling to captain Ireland in T20Is against Bangladesh

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Last updated on 26 Mar 2023 | 01:14 PM
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Stirling to captain Ireland in T20Is against Bangladesh

Their regular skipper Andy Balbirnie has been rested for the three-match series

Ireland’s regular skipper Andy Balbirnie has been rested for the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh, starting on Monday (March 27). 

In his absence, Paul Stirling will lead the side, while Lorcan Tucker will be his deputy. Stirling has led Ireland in six T20Is so far, of which they have won two and lost four.

"Andrew was due to take a break from the ODI series against Sri Lanka next month to concentrate on preparation for the upcoming Tests and the all-important World Cup Super League series in May," said Ireland head coach Heinrich Malan.

 "With the Sri Lankan ODI series now being converted to a second Test Match, he will now be rested from this T20I series instead.

"We flagged before the tour that there may be an element of player rotation this year due to the anticipated volume of cricket we will be playing. 

“I see it as an essential part of squad and player management that we give our leading players adequate downtime for their physical and mental health. 

“Such rotation also allows us to broaden the talent pool by enabling a wider group of players first team opportunities."

Ireland were no match to Bangladesh in the recently concluded ODI series. The hosts won the series 2-0, winning the first game by 183 runs and the third by 10 wickets. The second ODI was washed out, but only after Bangladesh slammed 349 in the first innings.

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