Andrew Balbirnie set for Vitality Blast after Cricket Ireland provides no objection certificate
August 21st 2020 by Craig Easdown | International
DUBLIN – Irish Men’s captain Andrew Balbirnie will join Vitality Blast side Glamorgan for the 2020 competition, including the knockout stages should the Welsh side progress, after Cricket Ireland approved the move by submitting a No Objection Certificate.
Balbirnie, 29, was announced international men’s captain in November 2019 and recently led the Irish side to a famous victory over England in the most recent ODI.
Andrew Balbirnie, said:
“I’m very pleased to see the deal go ahead – it’s a fabulous competition, and having spent a few years in Cardiff during my university days, it’s a city I know pretty well. I’m just looking forward to heading across and getting going with Glamorgan.
“It’s a tournament I’ve watched a lot and have many friends who have played in it over the years, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play with new people and learn from different coaches, as well as to play in a different tournament in different conditions.
“It’s not been a great season for playing much cricket, so to be able to go over and play a short, sharp tournament of intense cricket will be enjoyable and a good way to end the summer.”
Director of cricket, Mark Wallace, said:
“With injury to David Lloyd and Colin Ingram’s arrival looking unlikely due to travel restrictions, we wanted to add depth to our batting.”
“Andrew is a fantastic player with a strong record in the one-day formats and was in great form during the recent series against England.”
“He is also very used to playing in our conditions and will add a lot of experience and class at the top of the order.”