Ireland have made massive strides: Porterfield
Dhaka: Ireland have made massive strides in international cricket, said captain William Porterfield, warning that opposition sides should take his team lightly at their own peril in the ongoing World Cup.
Ireland had been the giant-killers of the previous World Cup, knocking out Pakistan in the first round and beating Bangladesh in the Super Eight stage.
They will take on Bangladesh in their World Cup opener on Friday and Porterfield said the Irish are confident of a good show even this time around.
"The way we are playing right now, we`ll be confident going into the match on Friday. The conditions here might be different from what we are used to, but not necessarily a difficult one. We`ve had some good preparation," Porterfield said.
"We played pretty well in the last couple of warm-up games, picked up the momentum, and we will be feeling pretty confident."
Porterfield said the players have become more confident and cricket has picked up as a sport in Ireland.
"It makes a massive difference to our cricket," said the skipper, who has 1,371 runs from 44 matches at an average of 33.43 with five centuries.
"We are confident of at least progressing to the quarter-finals. We are improving every game. The squad is raring to go," he said.