We need more games against big boys: Simmons

Updated: Mar 17, 2011, 16:32 PM IST

Kolkata: With his side showing big heart in taking on the big boys of cricket in the World Cup, Ireland coach Phil Simmons on Thursday urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to provide his side enough opportunities to play against the strong teams.

The former West Indies inspirational all-rounder said his side is now capable of ending on the right side of the result even if they contest against formidable sides.

"We no longer come to play against Australia, England or India hoping to compete. We come against looking to win the game... and planning how to win the game," the 48-year-old, who earlier coached Zimbabwe, said.

"We can play against big guys now. We no longer play to compete, we play to win now, so need more games in a year, not just two or three as we have this year so far. We should be given a chance to play against big boys because they all have respect for us now.”

"We have been asking ICC we need more games we are nowhere Tests but we can play ODIs and Twenty20s," he said.

Simmons was disappointed for the team having missed out on the quarters berth. "We just could not finish off (some games) and get to the quarter-finals. If we had reached there, we never knew from there with three matches in the knockouts. It`s disappointing because we put ourselves in a position to win on a number of occasions, but we could not follow up, notably against Bangladesh and the West Indies. We put ourselves in a good position to win, so it`s a bit

"I think in two games, I spoke earlier it just showed we need more games at this level to get us ready to keep playing against big boys. To get experience how to finish off the game," he said.

Ireland lost to Bangladesh narrowly in their first game but came strong to beat England in an astonishing 300-plus run chase. They came to haunt India and the West Indies but fell in the last hurdle to be out of the tournament.

To a query whether Darren Bravo is shaping up as another Brian Lara for the West Indies cricket, Simmons felt that he needs to get 10,000 Test runs under his belt first.

"There have been few new Brian Lara`s projected, but there is one Lara, one (Sachin) Tendulkar, one Don Bradman and one Viv Richards. In a few shots he does look the great man but he`s got to get 10,000 Test runs before it can be said he is Brian."