Laura Delany has been named as the new captain of the Ireland Women’s team, replacing Isobel Joyce who stepped down last month.
The 23 year-old has won 78 caps for her country since making her debut as a 17 year-old against New Zealand in 2010.
“It’s a really proud moment for me and a really exciting time in my playing career,” said Delany. “It’s such an honour and really shows the confidence and belief that Cricket Ireland, the selectors and coaching staff have in me both as a player and person.
“Certainly it is a big responsibility and the standards that have been set before me are extremely high,” added the Leinster all-rounder.
“It will be a privilege to captain this side. As a squad only we know our potential and what we are capable of achieving. For a captain that is incredibly exciting and we can’t wait for what the summer has in store.”
Ireland Women’s Head Coach Aaron Hamilton explained the selectors rationale in choosing Delany for the role.
“Laura is an honest, hard-working young woman and I admire her competitiveness both on and off the field,” said Hamilton.
“She has a maturity beyond her years, with an old head on young shoulders. She is very astute, possessing a shrewd cricketing brain who reads the game well, and is cool-headed. These attributes will stand her in good stead for the challenges ahead.
“She is an inspirational leader who manages relationships well and is widely respected by her peers and team management. I look forward to working closely with Laura to build a successful Ireland team.”
Pembroke all-rounder Kim Garth will be the new vice-captain of the squad.