Minnows deserve to be in WC: Ireland captain

Last Updated: Mar 03, 2011, 12:58 PM IST

Bangalore: After scripting the first big upset of this World Cup, Ireland captain William Porterfield said minnows deserve to be in the mega-event, which will have just 10 teams from the next edition.

Riding on Kevin O`Brien`s hundred, the fastest of the World Cup, Ireland sensationally upstaged England by three wickets last night despite chasing a mammoth 328.

Porterfield said he disagrees with the ICC`s decision to cut the number of teams from the 2015 edition.

"The ICC have made a decision and it`s out of our hands. It`s pretty disappointing cutting the teams to 10," Porterfield said last night.

"I personally think there needs to be some kind of qualification," he added.

Ireland are proven giant-killers, having beaten Pakistan and Bangladesh in the previous edition of the World Cup but Porterfield said nothing compares to the triumph over England, given that his team was chasing a very tough target.

"It`s the biggest win our country has ever had. Pakistan was a good win but as a one-off game this was the biggest," said Porterfield.

"It`s the biggest chase in the World Cup so it`s the best. We`re going to enjoy the moment now," said left-handed opener Porterfield, out for a golden duck when he played on to James Anderson off the very first ball of Ireland`s reply," said Porterfield.

Ireland will take on India here on March 6.

"We need to prepare for another game and there`s no reason why we can`t give them a run for their money," he said.

PTI