As his belligerent form in white-ball internationals continued, Stirling found himself forced to make an unexpected choice in 2019 on account of Ireland's ascent to Test status: either, he could continue to play for Ireland, but count as an overseas player in county cricket, or he could renew his Middlesex contract but forego his international career.
, In the ODI series against Afghanistan he along with Rashid Khan became the first pair of bowlers representing different teams to take 6 wickets a piece in a single ODI match , In February 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Stirling as one of the ten players to watch ahead of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament. , He signed a contract with Northamptonshire for the 2020 Vitality t20 Blast on 31 January 2020. , When Ireland's cricketers have been regulars for English counties, demands from country and club have sometimes come into conflict.
He was one of six players to be awarded such contracts with Cricket Ireland, and came just a year after the first professional contracts were awarded to Ireland's cricketers.
, In May 2018, he was named in a fourteen-man squad for Ireland's first ever Test match, which was played against Pakistan later the same month. Ireland lost the series 2–0, but in the second match Stirling scored his first century against a Test nation. Opening batsman Paul Stirling was appointed the vice-captain of the Ireland men’s cricket team.  During an innings of 68 against Yorkshire, one of Stirling's two half-centuries in the competition, he passed 2,000 runs in List A cricket. He was appointed as the vice-captain of the Ireland team in June 2020.. Stirling was one of four Ireland players included in the 12-man squad. Stirling captained Ireland for the first time in 2018 at the Hong Kong Sixes, and often found himself filling in when a first-choice skipper was elsewhere.  Stirling was the team's leading run-scorer, with 209 from five matches.  The following month, he was named in Paarl Rocks' squad for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament. His full name is Paul Robert Stirling. , In June 2020, he was named as the vice-captain of the Ireland cricket team. He added another against the same opponents in Ireland's tie with Pakistan two years later. Read about Paul Stirling's Profile, Latest News, Articles, Career updates only on ESPNcricinfo.com. He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Ireland's first ever Test match, against Pakistan, in May 2018. He was appointed as the vice-captain of the Ireland team in June 2020. His innings of 107, beating his previous highest score of 100, came off just 79 deliveries and helped Ireland to their second win of the Intercontinental Cup.  Although Middlesex failed to progress beyond the group stages of the 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40, Stirling enjoyed personal success. Download Images Watch Videos online
, A side made up of some of the best players from Associate and Affiliate teams was put together to face England in Dubai in January 2012. He is the best batsman of the Ireland cricket team. Stirling also revealed his big match temperament with a pair of blistering innings - 79 off 38 balls and 76 off 43 balls - against Afghanistan in the finals of the World T20 qualifiers in 2012 and 2013. "It's about time I did this and also about time I started to score more consistently. Although he has been troubled by a back injury, which has limited his ability to bowl, Stirling is also a highly competent back-up offspinner. He debuted in first-class cricket in March 2008, playing for Ireland in the Intercontinental Cup.
 He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Ireland's first ever Test match, against Pakistan, in May 2018.
Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie and Gareth Delany were three of the nine overseas players in this season's T20 Blast, If they all play on Thursday, Northants' top three - Paul Stirling, Richard Levi and Josh Cobb - will have 600 T20 apperances between them, Paul Stirling was signed by Northants as an overseas player for the Blast. Paul Stirling is an International Irish cricketer. Before that players were amateurs relying on income from other jobs and playing cricket in their spare time. All cricket scores, fixtures and results here. In October 2020, he was drafted by the Dambulla Hawks for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League. , In September 2018, he was named in Kandahar's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.  He made his Test debut for Ireland, against Pakistan, on 11 May 2018. Paul Robert Stirling (born 3 September 1990) is an Irish cricketer. A right-handed opening batsman, Paul Stirling, has been known for providing attacking starts to Ireland in the 50-over and Twenty20 version of the game.