Cricket Ireland has announced a 14-man squad to take part in the T20 International Tri-Series in the Netherlands under the captaincy of Gary Wilson.
The Tri-Series tournament will feature Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands, with matches being played from 12 June to 20 June 2018 in the Netherlands.
The format will involve each team playing two T20 Internationals against each of the other nations.
The series will also be a turning point in the leadership structure for the T20I squad, with William Porterfield stepping aside from captaincy duties in this form of the game after a successful decade in the role.
"I am absolutely honoured to be asked to undertake this role. With 16 months until the qualifying tournament for next World Twenty20 tournament in Australia, I believe this is a timely opportunity to prepare the squad for an important new phase in Irish cricket," said Wilson.
"I hope my experience and leadership in this form of the game will be of benefit in developing the next generation of leaders and am looking forward to the first step in this journey – the Tri-Series in the Netherlands."
Porterfield meanwhile reflected on the last ten years he spent as Irish captain.
"It has been a huge honour to captain my country across all formats for the past 10 years, and I have been fortunate enough to captain Ireland at the last five World Twenty20’s," said Porterfield.
"With the qualifiers only a year or so away, I feel that now is the right time for me and the team for a fresh voice and leader in this format. I will now focus solely on my batting in a format that I love playing. I would like to thank everyone for their support over the past 10 years and indeed in making this decision."
"Finally I would like to wish Gary all the best in what is an exciting time for him."
Graham Ford, Head Coach of the Ireland Men’s National team, said in regards to Porterfield’s leadership:
"We have a very impressive captain whose attitude, commitment and passion for Irish cricket sets a great example for the younger players. He is experienced, tactically astute and very honest with his players. He believes that this is the best move for the national squad, and I shall support him 100% for making this important decision."