William Porterfield targets Twenty20 preparation

William Porterfield looks on during Ireland's practice session Getty Images

William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, hopes his team's three-week tour to Jamaica will set them up for an impressive display at the World Twenty20. The squad arrived over the weekend to take part in the Jamaica Cricket Festival with involves a West Indies team, Canada as well as the hosts.

Ireland have been grouped with West Indies and England during the initial phase of the World Twenty20, which starts on April 30, so this tournament will allow them an advanced look at a few of the West Indian players they will come up against.

"Our main focus is to use this tournament to help in our build-up to the ICC Twenty20 World Cup and we are looking to getting some good cricket under our belt and getting into the winning mentality," said Porterfield. "This is a good tough tournament and we are really looking forward to it."

Trent Johnston, Ireland's opening bowler, will be a key figure at the World Twenty20 and admitted it will be good to get a few matches under his belt after a period of down time since the qualifiers in Dubai.

"It's been snowing for a couple of days [in Ireland] so a lot of our preparations have been indoors; gym work and that sort of thing," said Johnston. "We have been on sort of a break for about five weeks or so since the end of the qualifiers for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup, so we are probably a little bit rusty, but nothing that a few training sessions or a good three-day game won't iron out.

"As a senior player, I'd like to lead from the front," he added. "Wherever experience or a cool head is needed, I'd like to get in and benefit the team as best as I can. Hopefully it will go well and we will get our preparation right heading into the ICC World Twenty20."

For Ireland the trip back to Jamaica also allows them to recapture memories of their 2007 World Cup campaign when they famously beat Pakistan to progress to the Super Eights. During their time on the island three years ago the Irish supporters became a focal point of a tournament that wasn't often renowned for its crowds.

"It feels pretty good to be back here in Jamaica, we have a lot of good memories from here and now we're looking forward to the cricket," said Porterfield. "The supporters were definitely one of the real highlights of the last time that we were here with the crowds and the atmosphere that they create so we are looking forward to playing in front if them."

When it comes to the World Twenty20 itself Ireland will be able to tap into the local knowledge of their coach Phil Simmons and Porterfield will also be relying on him for information about the players they will face in the next few weeks.

"We don't know a lot about the Jamaican team and so we will be relying on coach Phil in that area…we'll take it as it comes and adapt once the tournament starts," he said.