Don`t take Ireland lightly, warns skipper Porterfield

Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 16:44 PM IST

Nagpur: Ireland may be considered minnows going into the World Cup but their skipper William Porterfield warned the oppositions not to take them lightly, citing any team can perform well on a given day.

"World Cup cricket is a big game. Any team can do better on a particular day and a particular match as chances are even," Forcefield told reporters here today.

Ireland had shocked Pakistan by three wickets in the group stages and were responsible for the latter`s first round exit from the 2007 World Cup, hosted by the West Indies.

The European team also surprised everyone by making it to the super-eight stage on their debut during the prestigious quadrennial event, where they defeated another sub-continent team -- Bangladesh by 74 runs.

Porterfield said the team`s batting was strong but the bowling line-up too should not be taken lightly.

He said, unlike India, the other teams where players earn their livelihood by playing cricket, most of his teammates had to do jobs for supporting their family.

Ireland, which came here yesterday, will play a warm-up match against New Zealand here on February 12. They will have a training session today.

The New Zealand team, which is scheduled to arrive this evening, will have a training session tomorrow at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium at Jamatha, about 18 kms near here.

PTI