Former Eire skipper William Porterfield has known as his time from the worldwide cricket. He confirmed the identical on June 16 (Thursday) by way of an official assertion. The left-handed batter completed his profession because the third-most capped Irish cricketer and the second-highest run-getter for his nation.
In 2008, Porterfield was named as Eire’s captain after Trent Johnston stepped down from the position and the southpaw captained Eire in 253 games- probably the most in Eire’s cricketing historical past. Porterfield additionally led his facet throughout their historic first-ever Check match in opposition to Pakistan in 2018.
William Porterfield stepped down as captain in 2019
After main the facet for greater than 11 years, the left-handed batter stepped down as captain in 2019 and handed the baton to Andrew Balbirnie. Speaking about Porterfield numbers in worldwide cricket, the 37-year-old performed a complete of 212 video games for his nation and amassed 5,480 runs throughout all three codecs of the sport. He has additionally stroked 23 fifties and 11 hundred for his facet together with his highest being 139 runs.
Though the left-handed batter bought out for a duck in his final worldwide innings, Eire went on to win that match and ultimately clinch the collection 2-1 in opposition to West Indies.
“It’s been an honour to signify my nation for 16 years – it’s one thing I had all the time needed to do since I used to be a toddler,” Porterfield mentioned. “I’ve to say, although, it’s a bit surreal in the intervening time having made the choice to step away and retire, however I’ve been lucky to play since 2006 and it’s been an unbelievable journey,” Porterfield mentioned in an announcement launched by Cricket Eire.
“Throughout my profession, we’ve gone from an newbie crew proper by way of to now being a Check nation. From these earlier than me, and alongside my journey, now we have hopefully constructed an infrastructure that may enable the sport in Eire to proceed to flourish. All I ever needed to do was depart the shirt in a greater place and depart the crew in a greater place, and hopefully, I’ve performed a component in doing that,” he added.