William Porterfield calls time on his illustrious International Career


William Porterfield calls time on his illustrious International Career

The former Ireland captain, William Porterfield has announced his retirement from International & Representative cricket on Thursday, pulling down curtains on his 16-year-long career. The 37-year-old has ended his career as the third most capped Irish Cricketer & the second-highest run-scorer.

Porterfield has handled Captaincy duties since 2008 after taking over the reins from Trent Johnston. He captained Ireland 172 times out of 253 Internationals he featured in— the most in Ireland’s History. Under Porterfield’s captaincy, Ireland had played their first-ever Test match in 2018 against Pakistan, ending up on the winning side. Notably, he captained Ireland in the three Tests they have played so far and in the 2011 and 2015 ODI World Cups.

After leading the Irish side for 11 long years, Porterfield stepped down from the role in November 2019, handing over the reins to Andrew Balbirnie. Though Porterfield hasn’t featured in the T20I format for Ireland in almost four years, in the ODI format he has led the Irish team from fore-front.

He has played 148 ODIs, amassing 11 tons including one against Pakistan in the World Cup 2015. His remarkable stints on the batting front include his 85 in the 2007 World Cup victory against Bangladesh, 112 against England in 2013, and 107 against Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup.

“It’s been an honour to represent my country for 16 years – it’s something I had always wanted to do since I was a child,” Porterfield said. “I have to say, though, it’s a little surreal at the moment having made the decision to step away and retire, but I’ve been fortunate to play since 2006 and it’s been an incredible journey.

“During my career, we’ve gone from an amateur team right through to now being a Test nation. From those before me, and along my journey, we have hopefully built an infrastructure that will allow the game in Ireland to continue to flourish. All I ever wanted to do was leave the shirt in a better place and leave the team in a better place, and hopefully, I’ve played a part in doing that.”

After hanging up his boots, Porterfield is all set to explore the opportunities in the coaching role. The veteran cricketer who had enjoyed a successful county career with Gloucestershire and Warwickshire revealed that he has been handed an opportunity to become a consultant coach for his former county team, Gloucestershire. For those who are not aware, Porterfield had started his county career by playing for Gloucestershire before switching to Warwickshire.

“I’ve been given the opportunity to join Gloucestershire as a Consultant Coach until the end of the season, and these opportunities don’t come around very often,” he said. “It’s a decision I’ve been thinking long and hard about over the last week or so – and I’d like to thank Cricket Ireland for allowing me to get up and going in the role.

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