Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Cricket Ireland: Paul Stirling to join Birmingham Bears for Vitality Blast

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Cricket Ireland has agreed to allow Irish international Paul Stirling to join the Birmingham Bears for part of the club’s 2022 Vitality Blast campaign.

Warwickshire County Cricket Club today announced that Stirling is heading to Edgbaston this summer as the Bears’ second overseas player for the 2022 Vitality Blast.

He will join the Bears for the opening 12 games of the tournament before returning for international duty.

Stirling said:

“I’m incredibly excited to join up with the Bears for this year’s Vitality Blast. They were the masters of the red ball game last year, but also have big ambitions in white-ball cricket and want to be playing at home on Finals Day.

“I’m also relishing making Edgbaston my home. It’s one of the top grounds in the world with a fan base who are renowned for generating the best atmosphere in the game. It’s going to be a special few weeks and I can’t wait to get started.”

Bears Director of Cricket Paul Farbrace said:

“Paul could be a transformational signing for us in this year’s Blast. He is one of the most powerful openers in the T20 game and has lots of experience on the biggest stage, having played in World Cups and global franchise tournaments.

“With a new-look opening pair of Paul and Alex Davies in this year’s Blast, it’s an incredibly exciting line-up that Carlos Brathwaite is going to be captaining when we take to the field at Edgbaston for our opening game against the Steelbacks on 26 May.”

More information about the Birmingham Bears and Edgbaston here: www.edgbaston.com

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