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Wilson takes over as Ireland T20 captain

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

Gary Wilson has taken over as Ireland’s T20 captain after William Porterfield stepped down.

Porterfield, who has spend a decade leading the T20 side, now wants to concentrate on captaining the Test and ODI teams.

“I am absolutely honoured to be asked to undertake this role,” said Wilson, 32.

“With 16 months until the qualifying tournament for next World Twenty20 tournament in Australia, I believe this is a timely opportunity to prepare the squad for an important new phase in Irish cricket.

“I hope my experience [Wilson has played 88 T20Is] and leadership in this form of the game will be of benefit in developing the next generation of leaders and am looking forward to the first step in this journey – the Tri-Series in the Netherlands.”

Ireland will play the Netherlands and Scotland in a triangular competition in June.

“It has been a huge honour to captain my country across all formats for the past 10 years, and I have been fortunate enough to captain Ireland at the last five World Twenty20s,” said Porterfield, who will continue in the team as a player.

“With the qualifiers only a year or so away, I feel that now is the right time for me and the team for a fresh voice and leader in this format.

“I will now focus solely on my batting in a format that I love playing. I would like to thank everyone for their support over the past 10 years and indeed in making this decision.”

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