Pakistan in Ireland 2011 May 27, 2011

Ireland have nothing to prove to ICC - Phil Simmons

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The stakes are high for Ireland as they prepare for their first international assignment - a two-match ODI series against Pakistan - since the 2011 World Cup, an opportunity to restate their credentials as worthy participants in 2015. The ICC had axed the Associates from the next World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, but will reassess the tournament's composition at its annual conference in June, following criticism of the decision to limit participation to the ten Full Members.

Ireland's coach Phil Simmons, however, has said his side will not be looking at the series solely as a chance to prove a point to the ICC. Ireland were easily the most impressive Associate team in 2011 World Cup, where they beat England in a major upset, stretched West Indies and Bangladesh in the league phase, and pulled off a convincing win against Netherlands.

"I don't see these matches as a case of proving the ICC wrong," Simmons told PA Sport on the eve of the first ODI in Belfast. "I think the cricket world knows that it [the ICC's] is the wrong decision. We will go out there and prove things to ourselves, that we can beat these top teams. The more we beat them the closer we will get to what we want to achieve, which is getting higher in the world rankings.

Ireland's World Cup showing may not have impressed the ICC, but Simmons believes it has earned his side respect from their opponents. "The big teams think about us a bit more now," he said. "I don't think they come and just play us without discussing us. They may have done that a year ago, but now they will plan for us better so we have to be on our game. We've crossed a stage since last year where we go into games now planning to win, not planning to survive. It's not a case of 'are we going to make 200' but 'how are we going to win the game'."

William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, also said the 2015 World Cup wouldn't be the main focus of his team, but acknowledged that a good showing against Pakistan wouldn't hurt their chances of getting a favourable decision from the ICC. "We're looking for positive results from the games. If we do that then it will enhance our chances and give us more ammunition," he said. "We've looked at these games as massive games for ourselves.

"We're always crying out for more of them regardless of what is going on at the high table. To be honest it's a great opportunity for us to go out and play against the fifth-ranked team in the world. But from the standpoint of the World Cup, yes it is important."

Pakistan arrive straight from the West Indies, where they drew the two-Test series 1-1. Simmons said the drastic change in conditions could be a problem for the visitors. "I think the weather can help us," he said. "If it's as cold as this then there is always that little bit of an advantage. The main thing here is that they've seen us play in our conditions, and we are good in these conditions. We are hard to beat. We almost beat Australia in Dublin last year. Since then we've got more confidence, you saw that in the World Cup, and if we can play with that confidence we can win for sure."

Waqar Younis, the Pakistan coach, was wary of Ireland's abilities to spring surprises, and said they deserved to remain in the World Cup. "Just looking at the World Cup, because I haven't seen much of their cricket outside that, they played like champions. It was top-level cricket," Waqar said. "The ICC have got a different ruling but I personally believe they have a good side and they are getting better day by day.

"They are a good side, young and very enthusiastic," he said. "They chased 300-plus against England. Who thought they could do that? They are a very positive side and they are big fighters. We know what they are capable of. We have to be very, very careful."

Waqar admitted that acclimatising to the weather change was going to be a challenge for his side. "Coming from 35-40 degrees with a lot of humidity there, and coming into this weather, it is hard to adjust, especially with all those flights as well," he said. "I think we are professional enough to adapt to the conditions very quickly.

The games will be played in Belfast, on May 28 and 30 respectively.

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  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | May 28, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Phil is talking out of his league. A team that barely scratched couple victories in ODIs shouldn't be taking such a stand. Ireland have everything to prove that they belong in the big leagues. The matches against a modest PAK team will tell us if they can be consistent in their standard of play. If they fail miserably, it will only vindicate ICC stance on Associates after WC 2011.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Pakistan is better than india and ireland and will win today.......

  • POSTED BY MeowCat on | May 28, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    I love seeing ireland win and cheer,such happiness :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=115526&part=sports is saying there is coverage to start on one of these channels but the channels are offline at the moment?...

  • POSTED BY pak.huzu on | May 28, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    can somebody tell me a good reson why this match is not on any tv channel

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | May 28, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    @MANU1000-That's a pity. There is such interest in their progress.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    I predict a 2-0 Pakistan victory. I know, Ireland are special and Pakistan are hurt right now, but Pakistan will be PAKISTAN. We're not losing this.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan333 on | May 28, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    @Biggus I asked in Cricket Ireland's website on live telecast,they told matches are not televised.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    @danish: is it so. Let me cleared you in this way. Ireland beat Pakistan. Pakistan beat India once upon a time, So indirectly Ireland is better than India... Got it... Any more clarification....

  • POSTED BY topiman on | May 28, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Ireland could be lethal against a shaken up pakistan side (after losing their captain). Best of luck to both teams. Does anyone know a channel where there will be video coverage?

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | May 28, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Phil is talking out of his league. A team that barely scratched couple victories in ODIs shouldn't be taking such a stand. Ireland have everything to prove that they belong in the big leagues. The matches against a modest PAK team will tell us if they can be consistent in their standard of play. If they fail miserably, it will only vindicate ICC stance on Associates after WC 2011.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Pakistan is better than india and ireland and will win today.......

  • POSTED BY MeowCat on | May 28, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    I love seeing ireland win and cheer,such happiness :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=115526&part=sports is saying there is coverage to start on one of these channels but the channels are offline at the moment?...

  • POSTED BY pak.huzu on | May 28, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    can somebody tell me a good reson why this match is not on any tv channel

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | May 28, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    @MANU1000-That's a pity. There is such interest in their progress.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    I predict a 2-0 Pakistan victory. I know, Ireland are special and Pakistan are hurt right now, but Pakistan will be PAKISTAN. We're not losing this.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan333 on | May 28, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    @Biggus I asked in Cricket Ireland's website on live telecast,they told matches are not televised.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    @danish: is it so. Let me cleared you in this way. Ireland beat Pakistan. Pakistan beat India once upon a time, So indirectly Ireland is better than India... Got it... Any more clarification....

  • POSTED BY topiman on | May 28, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Ireland could be lethal against a shaken up pakistan side (after losing their captain). Best of luck to both teams. Does anyone know a channel where there will be video coverage?

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    AKS286: You forgot to mention that ireland is much better than india as well and can rip india apart any given day

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | May 28, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    @Mangesh Wagle-Not sure mate. I hope they will stream it. I'd like to watch it too.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | May 28, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    i want to see ireland in test format good wishes to irish team. irish team is too far better than bangladesh,west indies, pakistan, even new zealand too. go ireland beat pak.

  • POSTED BY cricket2011 on | May 28, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Ireland need at least one victory..............Common Ireland............................

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Irish might perform well as its summers there if i am not wrong some rains, wet pitches ball holding the surface taking grip and coming to bat slow a perfect lunch for irish who have slow low bowlers like botha, johnson and mooney and who can forget the young George Dockrell who seems to be a good one. but this doesn't prooved put to be a winning combo if we take Pakistan so they have played well unde Misbah nd have shown very confidence We have likes of Hafeez, Ajmal the who who have couple of magic deliveries for the Irish and Rehman the very predictable like abowling machine and Umar Gul who is good in making the ball do the talking, last but not least Wahab Riaz a guy who is real quick and can bowl some deadly yorkers. so an intreting game still 80-20 battle favoring Pakistan...

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Yeah; Show the pakistan Cricket board that they are a sliding team!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Can u pls temme where i can see the match live on Indian TV or WEB .. do let me know

  • POSTED BY Andy500265 on | May 28, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    I honestly think that Ireland are very good chance of winning this series. They are a very scary team who deserve a lot of respect.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    a 1-1 series draw would be god enough

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Best of Luck Pakistan team i know its hard for u but give ur best shot :P

  • POSTED BY stevedd on | May 28, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Come on Irish you have to prove this time and you can do it, your fans in India are waiting to see a victory!!

  • POSTED BY alexczarn on | May 28, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Go Ireland; all we need is for you to play well!

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | May 28, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    Go the Paddies! We have a large population here in OZ of Irish descent and we love our Guinness, though I'm more of a Tullamore Dew or Bushmills man. That's enough of an excuse for me to back you guys. The world is watching....make it count!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    support ireland by getting a picbadge type in ireland in search and cricket 1 will pop up

  • POSTED BY budhajeewa on | May 28, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    I really liked Ireland Cricket. Best wishes from Sri Lanka!

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    I watched all the world cup cricket matches. I do feel Ireland deserved to remain in the next world cup. They are such a confident team and a possibility of getting a world cup title soon. To extend the cricket playing nations, it's important for the ICC to encourage these countries rather than knocking them out. It's also better to play with all the countries before the next world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    No Tv Coverage of this series :( this is really bad

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    I hope Ireland win both matches so there is ground swell movement in Pakistan to get rid of autocratic Ijaz Butt. He is a single handed wrecking machine for Pakistan Cricket. He is on a mission to destroy Cricket in Pakistan. His cronies running the PCB are inept, crude and corrupt. He and his team should be tried for corruption and incompetence.

  • POSTED BY the_evil_weevil on | May 28, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    Good to see Waqar Younis respects Ireland's level of skill and effort- just wish such thinking would make its way into the ICC top brass eventually! Pakistan are rightfully fairly big favourites (you don't make WC semis out of a chaotic situation by accident) but I fear Ireland will have to not just fight hard but win a game to make the ICC actually take notice, which is asking a lot against a very skilled side... Still, best of luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | May 28, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    Of course Ireland have something to prove. If they lose here comfortably then the ICC can justify their WC exclusion. If they win then they send a serious message to the ICC. Sorry Ireland but there is a heap to prove in these sorts of matches for the next 4 years. It's not the end of the world at all if you lose but so much can be gained by winning.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CHAMP on | May 27, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    I THINK THERE SHOULD BE MORE AND MORE SERIES FOR THESE TEAMS SPECIALLY IRELAND WHO HAVE PROVED THEMSELVES.THESE SERIES WILL GIVE THEM PRACTICE RATHER THAN JUST PLAYING A TOURNAMENT IN EVERY 4 YEARS.IRELAND HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE AND EVER THEIR PLAYERS SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE !!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Come on Ireland, lets get going with a good result tomorrow, hopefully a nice win :), can't wait for the games :)...

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 27, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    I think they have everything to prove!

    I want Ireland to trash Pak 2-0 and in a convincing manner too. I'm hoping the first win will be 10 wicket win for Ireland and the second being within a margin of 150 runs.

    Come on Ireland!

  • POSTED BY Saim93 on | May 27, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    I want more than anything for Pakistan to thrash Ireland by 200+ runs in both matches. Ive been waiting 4 years for revenge!

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  • POSTED BY Saim93 on | May 27, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    I want more than anything for Pakistan to thrash Ireland by 200+ runs in both matches. Ive been waiting 4 years for revenge!

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 27, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    I think they have everything to prove!

    I want Ireland to trash Pak 2-0 and in a convincing manner too. I'm hoping the first win will be 10 wicket win for Ireland and the second being within a margin of 150 runs.

    Come on Ireland!

  • POSTED BY on | May 27, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Come on Ireland, lets get going with a good result tomorrow, hopefully a nice win :), can't wait for the games :)...

  • POSTED BY Mr.CHAMP on | May 27, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    I THINK THERE SHOULD BE MORE AND MORE SERIES FOR THESE TEAMS SPECIALLY IRELAND WHO HAVE PROVED THEMSELVES.THESE SERIES WILL GIVE THEM PRACTICE RATHER THAN JUST PLAYING A TOURNAMENT IN EVERY 4 YEARS.IRELAND HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE AND EVER THEIR PLAYERS SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE !!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | May 28, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    Of course Ireland have something to prove. If they lose here comfortably then the ICC can justify their WC exclusion. If they win then they send a serious message to the ICC. Sorry Ireland but there is a heap to prove in these sorts of matches for the next 4 years. It's not the end of the world at all if you lose but so much can be gained by winning.

  • POSTED BY the_evil_weevil on | May 28, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    Good to see Waqar Younis respects Ireland's level of skill and effort- just wish such thinking would make its way into the ICC top brass eventually! Pakistan are rightfully fairly big favourites (you don't make WC semis out of a chaotic situation by accident) but I fear Ireland will have to not just fight hard but win a game to make the ICC actually take notice, which is asking a lot against a very skilled side... Still, best of luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    I hope Ireland win both matches so there is ground swell movement in Pakistan to get rid of autocratic Ijaz Butt. He is a single handed wrecking machine for Pakistan Cricket. He is on a mission to destroy Cricket in Pakistan. His cronies running the PCB are inept, crude and corrupt. He and his team should be tried for corruption and incompetence.

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    No Tv Coverage of this series :( this is really bad

  • POSTED BY on | May 28, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    I watched all the world cup cricket matches. I do feel Ireland deserved to remain in the next world cup. They are such a confident team and a possibility of getting a world cup title soon. To extend the cricket playing nations, it's important for the ICC to encourage these countries rather than knocking them out. It's also better to play with all the countries before the next world cup.

  • POSTED BY budhajeewa on | May 28, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    I really liked Ireland Cricket. Best wishes from Sri Lanka!