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Gary Wilson has been named successor to James Shannon as captain of the Northern Knights for this year's interprovincials (stock photo)
Gary Wilson has been named successor to James Shannon as captain of the Northern Knights for this year's interprovincials (stock photo)

By Ian Callender

Gary Wilson has been named successor to James Shannon as captain of the Northern Knights for this year's interprovincials.

Wilson, Ireland's T20 captain, is returning home this year after 12 years in county cricket to play for Civil Service North, and the Knights immediately asked him to take on the role of skipper.

It is 16 years since Wilson last appeared in an interprovincial for the Ulster Town side, but since then he has played 265 times for Ireland - only Kevin O'Brien and William Porterfield have played more.

"Gary will bring a fresh voice to the changing room and his experience will be invaluable," said Knights head coach Simon Johnston. "It is no reflection on Shanno, who has done a tremendous job over the last two years in very testing circumstances. But now he can concentrate on his batting."

The Knights' first match is against the North West Warriors in La Manga on April 24.

Wilson missed Ireland's tour to India last month because of an eye problem but he expects to play a full part this season at every level, including a return to international duty for the ODI against England at Malahide on May 3, which starts a busy summer of 10 ODIs, three T20 internationals and the Lord's Test match against England in July.

Turkish Airlines yesterday announced they had extended their headline sponsorship of the Ireland team until 2021.

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