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We are no pushovers: Ireland skipper Porterfield

New Delhi: They might be grouped alongside India, South Africa and England in next month`s World Cup but Ireland captain William Porterfield on Monday said his side is no pushovers and would give the heavyweights tough challenge in cricket`s biggest spectacle.

"It doesn`t matter who are there in the group because at the end of the day it is the performance of the day that matters. We have a very good side. All the players are capable of playing an important innings," Porterfield said in an interview from Dubai.

"We bat really deep and we would take it one game at a time. Our`s is a balanced side and we have some good players and have game changers in George Dockrell and Paul Stirling," he added.

Beside George and Paul, Ireland will also have former England batsman Ed Joyce in their team, after he was picked in the 15-man squad at the last minute.

Sussex batsman Joyce played for England in the 2007 World Cup four years ago and would have a role to play in the quadrennial extravaganza, to be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Poterfield acknowledged Joyce`s experience but said he doesn`t want to put pressure on him.

"Joyce is an experienced batsman and would have a role but I don`t want to put undue pressure on him by saying that he would play a huge role in Ireland`s campaign in World Cup," he said.

Ireland surprised one and all in the last edition, knocking Pakistan out of the league stage and qualifying for the Super Eights where they beat Bangladesh, and Porterfield said his side would look to do one better this time around.

Asked if they are prepared to exploit the conditions in the sub-continent, Porterfield said it doesn`t matter and that his side is equipped to play in any conditions.

"The World Cup is being hosted in the sub-continent and the conditions would be slow, especially in the second innings. But then it won`t be the same in all the place. It would differ from venue to venue and we are prepared to play in all conditions," he said.

"We have our plans and we have to stick to them. It would be all about taking responsibilities and hopefully we will do well," he added.

Ireland are currently one of the associate members of ICC and has ODI and T20 status. Ireland won the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2008 and 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier and qualified for 2009 World Twenty20.

They also qualified for the 2011 World Cup by beating Canada in the finals of the qualifying tournament in South Africa.

Ireland, who had been the best performing associate nation since the last World Cup, has also applied for Full Membership from the International Cricket Council.

PTI

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