Glamorgan cricket club announced signing Ireland’s Test team skipper Andy Balbirnie as an overseas signing for the upcoming season of County Championship.
Balbirnie will also replace Marnus Labuschagne due to the extension of the Australian domestic season tournament. Labuschagne is due to join Glamorgan after the conclusion of Sheffield Shield tournament.
“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,” Balbirnie said after the deal.
“I really enjoyed my time in Wales last season– the players and coaches were incredibly welcoming and its a great place to play. I’m really excited to go back, get stuck in and hopefully contribute to some wins for Glamorgan” he added.
The 30-year-old has played 30 First-class matches and 104 List A games and scored 4666 runs so far. Moreover, he has an unbeaten highest score of 205* runs in the First-class cricket.
Glamorgan’s director of cricket Mark Wallace said, “Its disappointing Marnus will miss the first few games of the season but we’re very happy to get someone the caliber of Balbo in on such short notice. As he showed last year, he’s a fine player and has a good track record across all formats and experience playing at the very highest level.”
The County Championship will begin in April and Glamorgan will face Yorkshire in Group 3 match of the tournament.