Ireland look ahead to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier
With 27 days to go to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, Ireland are gearing up and focused on qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Ireland have played 42 matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (known as the ICC Trophy until 2005) from 1994 to 2009 and have won 26 of those matches, including winning the event in their last outing in 2009 in South Africa (Ireland had qualified directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship).
The team is now travelling to Pretoria, South Africa, to participate in a series of warm-up matches against Netherlands and Hong Kong ahead of the Zimbabwe tournament, which takes place between 4 and 25 March. In the qualifier, Ireland will face Netherlands, PNG, the Windies and the winner of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Group A.
Captain William Porterfield, who will be playing his second ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, is confident of his team’s chances: “We are very confident of our chances to qualify, we have been playing some very good cricket and we need to bring that from the start of the tournament and peak at the right time.”