Ireland Captain Balbirnie signs short-term deal with Glamorgan

According to a press release by Cricket Ireland, the Board has agreed for a short-term release for Ireland Men’s skipper Andrew Balbirnie to join Glamorgan Cricket for the start of the English county season.
Welsh county will welcome Balbirnie this week as an early season substitute for Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne till the end of April, and he will be the team’s foreign player for the start of the 2021 season.
Balbirnie said: “It’s a brilliant opportunity to play red-ball cricket, and the County Championship is historically one of the best first-class competitions in the world.”
“I really enjoyed my time in Wales last season in the Vitality Blast – the players and coaches were incredibly welcoming and it’s a great place to play. I’m really excited to go back, get stuck in and hopefully contribute to some wins for Glamorgan.”
Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said: “A window of opportunity arose with the postponement of the men’s tour to Zimbabwe, and we were happy to agree to Andrew’s move for six weeks to Glamorgan. We have a big year ahead of us at both international and domestic levels, with a T20 World Cup in late 2021, so for one of our key players to be able to take advantage of an opportunity to play cricket in April at this standard will be of great benefit.”
“Balbo will be back for the start of the Inter-Provincial Series campaign in early May, then will lead the senior men’s squad into action against the Netherlands in early June.”


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