Gary Wilson has been confirmed as the captain of the Northern Knights for the 2019 interprovincial series.

The Irish international takes over the skippers armband from fellow international James Shannon, who although will be playing his club cricket with Phoenix in Dublin, will stay in the Knights squad.

Wilson has gained a wealth of experience during 12 years of county cricket with Surrey and Derbyshire, plus 14 years with Ireland, during which he has won 265 caps to date.

"It wasn't something I thought of or really expected when I first made the decision to move back to Belfast," said Wilson.

"However when Head Coach Simon Johnston and the Union approached me about it, I was only too happy to take on the role."

Wilson's four appearances in interprovincial cricket span 16 years, making his debut as a 17 year-old in 2003 alongside NCU legends such as Kyle McCallan, Andrew White, Ryan Haire Adrian McCoubrey and Ryan Eagleson, all of whom he greatly admires.

"Growing up in the NCU and seeing the likes of these guys and the Patterson brothers, made me want to emulate them. So to go on and now actually captain the Union is a great honour and a very proud moment for me.

"Hopefully 'Jonty' and myself can take the Knights in a good direction and build on the solid foundations put in place over the past few seasons.

"The interprovincial competition is certainly getting stronger and stronger with all the players coming back from England, and I'm really looking forward to see what the Knights can do. I feel we have a decent squad and am relishing the start of the new campaign later this month."

The Knights' first action is in the 50-over Cup in La Manga, when they take on the NW Warriors on April 24th, and defending champions Leinster Lightning the following day.