`Confident of playing in next edition of World Cup`
Kolkata: Ireland will take a lot of positives from the World Cup after they emerged as the best among the non-Test playing nations and skipper William Porterfield on Thursday said the team will look to capitalise on one last chance on the big stage when they meet the Netherlands in their Group B clash here on Thursday.
With the World Cup set to be downsized to 10 teams from 2015, and with Ireland and Netherlands already out of the quarterfinal contention in this edition, it is an opportunity for players to grab attention with individual performances at the Eden Gardens.
The two teams may disappear from the international stage for an indefinite period with the ICC mulling changes in 2015.
But the Irish skipper said they are confident of playing in the next edition of the World Cup and would look to return by coming into top 10 of the world cricket.
"If that`s the ICC`s plans there is nothing we can do about that and we have to accept it. We will try and back ourselves to be in the top 10.”
"Obviously the format is not yet set, but there`s going to be a qualification tournament for the World Cup and we will back ourselves to win that," Porterfield told reporters here.
The skipper said they were looking forward to sign off on a winning note against the Dutch side.
Asked about the motivation for tomorrow`s game, he said: "I would not say there is nothing to look forward to. We are playing a World Cup game against one of the Associate members.”
"It`s a very important game for the Irish cricket and pride as well. We will field the strongest 11 to ensure that we win the game tomorrow."
Well-known for their soccer rivalry, Ireland, however, have no such things in mind when they face the Dutch.
"It`s always going to be great game when the top two Associates nations take on each other at this stage. There is no rivalry as such but it`s like any other game for us. We will play like every other game in the tournament."
Porterfield said their fielding had been the brightspot in the tournament.
"The way we have fielded I think has been excellent especially the ground fielding has been superb. We also bowled well, there is no team that really took us apart.”
"In some of the games that we have played we put ourselves into winning positions. It would have been wonderful if we had a couple of wins under our belts... But I am happy as long as we learn from our mistakes and take home the good points."
"We need to improve on a couple of areas in our batting. We have lost wickets in clusters in some of the matches, something we can`t afford to do against the big teams."
The 26-year-old further drew parallel between Eden Gardens and the Lord`s in England.
"It`s one of the well known grounds in India in terms of its history. It`s like the teams who come to England they want to play at Lord`s. It`s great to play here."