Stuart Poynter: Wicketkeeper ends Ireland career to stay with Durham

Stuart Poynter
Stuart Poynter is 11 runs short of 1,000 in first-class cricket for Durham

Wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter has ended his international career with Ireland by signing a new deal with Durham.

The 28-year-old played one Test, 21 one-dayers and 25 T20 internationals.

But new rules mean he would have to re-register as an overseas player to carry on turning out for Ireland and Durham - even though he was born in London.

Poynter has agreed a new two-year deal with the county, along with 22-year-old batsman Jack Burnham and spin bowler Liam Trevaskis, 20.

Ireland were granted Test status in 2017, which meant their players either had to give up international cricket after the 2019 season in order to continue as non-overseas players in county cricket, or vice versa.

Middlesex batsman Paul Stirling took the option of leaving his club in order to remain available for Ireland.

"On behalf of the coaches, players past and present, and staff at Cricket Ireland, I would like to thank Stuart for his service to Irish cricket since he made his debut for Ireland in 2011," said performance director Richard Holdsworth.

"He has certainly been one of a cohort of players who has been part of the rapid climb of Irish cricket over the last decade from Associate Member to Full Member with Test match status."

Burnham, meanwhile, made more than 700 runs in all competitions for Durham in 2019, having missed the entirety of last season after testing positive for a recreational drug.

Trevaskis played 30 games in all formats this summer, taking 25 wickets and hitting two Championship fifties.

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