Andrew Balbirnie, a former captain of the Ireland under-19 team, marked his entry into international one-day cricket when he represented Ireland against Scotland in July 2010. This debut was among the four ODIs he played during that year. However, a four-year hiatus followed before he received his next one-day cap, which finally came in September 2014.
Balbirnie’s presence became more pronounced in Ireland’s preparations for the 2015 World Cup. He accompanied the team to Australia and New Zealand for warm-up matches during the latter part of 2014. Additionally, he had the opportunity to face New Zealand A in Dubai. His performances, including three fifties in Australia and New Zealand and a notable 129 in Dubai, placed him in a favorable position to make his World Cup debut in February.
In addition to his batting skills, Balbirnie also brings a valuable dimension to the team with his handy off-spin bowling and the ability to serve as a backup wicketkeeper when needed.