William Porterfield Hails Performances Of Associate Nations
Having defeated West Indies and Zimbabwe, Ireland are the only Associate nation to have wins over full members in this edition of the World Cup but Porterfield lauded the performances of other Associate teams too.
Understandably, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to reduce the number of teams from 14 to 10 for the next World Cup hasn’t gone down well with the 30-year-old Porterfield.
"I think all teams in the competition have shown enough to justify a change in 2019," said Porterfield visibly unhappy at ICC’s decision.
"Afghanistan could have gone across the line against Sri Lanka ... which would have been great for them to get that win.
"But I don't think it should matter.
“We've shown enough regardless come tomorrow of where we're at and where the next qualifiers are at."
The top-eight ranked teams in One-Day Internationals as on September 2017 will have a direct entry to the 2019 World Cup with the remaining two spots to be decided by the 2018 Qualifier in Bangladesh.
While sounding confident over his side’s performance in the World Cup so far, Porterfield heaped praises on the Associate nations for doing well despite limited exposure against higher ranked teams.
“We've played nine against the top 10 in the last four years, and I'm sure that's a lot more maybe by Afghanistan.
“UAE and Scotland wouldn't have played that many.
"So accumulative among the four countries, we've probably played as many in four years as a lot of teams play in one year, if not less.
"So in terms of coming into this competition, I think the qualifiers have prepared themselves very well considering the preparation over the four years.
“I think to be able to do that with that little preparation is great."
With six points from five matches Ireland are currently placed fourth in Pool B and will need a win against Pakistan on Sunday to confirm their quarter-final berth.
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