ICC World T20 Qualifier 2013-14 November 30, 2013

Need to perform with bat and ball

William Porterfield
The Ireland captain's tour diary during the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE

After four days without a game it was really nice to get back into action against UAE. We had two days off at the beginning of the week to refresh and recharge the batteries before getting back into training before the semi-final. The two days off were very welcome as this hasn't always been a luxury that has been there in other qualifying tournaments.

Last year, we had to play 11 games in 12 days to win the tournament. This was largely down to us narrowly losing the first game of the tournament and missing out on first place in our group. Although I think that this may have worked in our favour last year, as we gained momentum through the three play-offs we had to play to make the final, I think that the days off to recharge are better for us. The tournament has not been as hectic for us this year.

It is safe to say that our experience on one of our days off was a first for most, if not all, on tour. A film company called Biz-Events came in and gave us the challenge of producing a short commercial for two of the sponsors of Cricket Ireland, which had to be in the theme of a pre-selected film. The film that we had was Gladiator. It is safe to say that when you have Max Sorensen in your team, with his body of doom, there is only one contender to play Maximus Decimus Meridius!

For our production, we did pick up an Oscar at the team awards night, which we where pleased about. However, Team Tuggeries cleaned up with the individual awards with more than one of them slotting into their roles in the film Grease a little too easily for my liking - Brendan Connor, our strength and conditioning coach, to name one! The fact that their production had to be edited for the awards night, as there were ladies present, can paint you a picture as to the explicit route they went down. Let's just say we had a good laugh at the next team meeting.

Back to the cricket though and I thought that we put in a solid performance against UAE, without being at our best. It was disappointing to come out of the first six overs having lost three wickets but, on a positive note for us, that did give our lower-middle order some time in the middle, which could prove vital in the final. The most positive thing to come out of last night is that I thought that our bowling performance was the best we have put together in the tournament so far. It is left to us now to put both together as we have been playing well with the bat throughout the tournament.

We have developed a very healthy rivalry with our opponents, Afghanistan. This is the third time we have met in in the final of this competition and they have been very closely contested affairs and I expect tonight to be more of the same.

William Porterfield is the captain of Ireland

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  • Cricinfouser on December 1, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    The captian of afg. should determine everyones place in order to have a consistent role of the players in the team., i dont think its good idea to give bowling to 8 guys in a match, by doing so we dont get most out of our professionell bowlers who suppose to do the job!!! Nabi is only trying to solv the problem at that precis moment, but in long run, you lose your professionell bowlers talent and they will not develope thier skills. since they not given full overs in matches. so hopee someone take my message to them AFG.captains.

  • Cricinfouser on December 1, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Mirwais Ashraf (should be retired no skills) Nawroz Mangal ( should be retired no skills althoug got heart to fight) Karim Sadiq( no skills, play skills very amature. Retired before next tournament) Samiullah Shenwari ( dont know his line of bowling, not that much spinning, should work on his skill otherwise he 2 shoud be out in future) Najibullah Zadran ( the good thing is he is young, bu the has to know his part in team, either be a good bowler of batsman) Hamza Hotak ( is he a bowler?? If he wants to be a success has to work on his batting and bowling, )

    Mohammad Shahzad† ( he has been amazing contribute to the team compared to others but has to work on his fittness)

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Let's do a test match between ireland and Afghanistan already.the even are a Dr disgrace in their lack of help For ireland and Afghanistan would be a stronger test nation within a couple of years than bangladesh

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