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‘There’s no reason Ireland can’t go far at the World Cup’ – Ireland’s William Porterfield

The boys in green have managed it before and can do so again says the Warwickshire player.

William Porterfield in action against Sri Lanka this year.
William Porterfield in action against Sri Lanka this year.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

WILLIAM PORTERFIELD HAS said there’s no reason Ireland can’t recreate the heroics of the past as they get set for the Cricket World Cup in 2015.

In 2007, Ireland stunned Pakistan to qualify for the Super 8 stage of the tournament and, despite not qualifying for the semi-finals, Porterfield believes his side are more than capable of matching or surpassing that performance in Australia and New Zealand next year.

“We’ve managed to pull out big results in the World Cups before, we’ll be expecting nothing different from ourselves come February/March.

“There’s a big Irish community down there and hopefully they can come out in their numbers and support us.

“We know we can go out there and beat anyone on our day, I think we’ve shown that in previous World Cups.

“The first and foremost aim is to get through that group, (to the quarter-finals) and from there anything that can happen. I think there’s no reason why we can’t do that,” Porterfield said in an interview with The Slog Sweep podcast.

Ireland have West Indies, UAE, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India & Pakistan in their group with the top four teams qualifying for the quarter-finals.

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Click here to listen to this week’s episode of The Slog Sweep, hosted by Mark Robinson and Andrew Leonard.

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