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William Porterfield

'I've captained Ireland since I was about 12'

William Porterfield talks leadership, his first match for his country, and playing on TV

Interview by Jack Wilson

January 25, 2014

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William Porterfield sports a colourful hairstyle ahead of the England game, World Cup 2011, Bangalore, March 1, 2011
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First experience of getting into the game
My dad played a bit of recreational cricket but there was no one in my family that played at any great level. My sister liked the game and played a bit, but there were not too many women's cricket teams around that she could get involved with. My dad took me down to the cricket pitch when I was six or seven and it started from there.

First time I captained a side
I've captained Ireland since I was about 12. It's always something I've just done. I did every age group throughout my development until I was made captain of the senior side. I loved it and once I got the taste of it I just wanted more and more.

First time I was called up by Ireland
It came under Adrian Birrell, when Trent Johnston was the captain. I'd trained with the first team before that but had never played. Then he gave me the nod. I remember we were playing a four-day game against Namibia when I got my chance. It was all I had wanted to do as a kid - play for my country.

First time I realised I was good enough to be a professional cricketer
It would have been after I got my first couple of centuries playing for the MCC Young Cricketers against the county second teams. That was when I realised I could play the game. After that I was off to the World Cup in 2007 in the West Indies and that tournament really gave me the belief. I had belief before and I told myself I was good enough, but that really reinforced it, when I went there, playing against the best in the world.

First time I played on television
It wasn't until the 2007 World Cup, and I'll never forget it. I went out there too early and had to wait two minutes for the cameras to be ready. We were playing Zimbabwe and it was the most nervous I've ever been before any game. I had the long wait after I took guard - then I got a duck. It wasn't my best day.

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Posted by sssugat on (January 27, 2014, 1:51 GMT)

wow nepal though didn't get chance 2 play against the Irish we loved the way they thrashed Afghans.....we also have a captain Parash like Porterfield who is growing and maturing as a better captain....wish u all d best Nepal for the T20 wc....hope we will do fairly good against bd as well:)

Posted by   on (January 26, 2014, 23:33 GMT)

Another future England player?

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 25, 2014, 20:59 GMT)

Good on you Willie ! Good on you that you didn't give in to those English poachers. Wear the Irish green proudly my man ! You always have my support. Can't wait to see your boys do well in the upcoming world cup.

Posted by Jonah58 on (January 25, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

Will is according to many of the pundits one of the best captains in international cricket at the moment. In part his captaincy is one of the reasons for Ireland's consistent dominance of Associate cricket. And an outstanding fielder to boot.

GL in the WI Will. #COYBIG

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

if the big 3 proposal gets passed ireland cant get test status ireland is a breeding ground for future engand cricketers sad but true they are far better thanbangadesh when they started test cricket of course now bd is a good team their batting probably at no6 but thieir bowling poorer than ireland

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

My favourite batsmen..............

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

YUP..I accept Nantu`s idea...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

best of luck in advance for t20 world cup william

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

Ireland should be given test status............Most of the players play county cricket...It will not be that hard for them to prosper in the longer format...It will help them to have more tours

Posted by Fan_of_test_cricket on (January 25, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

Wow, a born captain! Keep the interviews coming! I hope to see Porterfield as the captain of the Irish Cricket Team.

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