Simmons hoping to cause 'big upsets'
Wed, Aug 25, 2010 10:22 AM
Irish coach Phil Simmons believes that the pressure will be off his side when it plays at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Ireland, who stunned the cricketing world when it progressed to the Super Eight stages in 2007, will be targeting a place in the quarter-finals of the event.
"The pressure will be off us as if you get to a World Cup it is about the big teams playing us. They come and think about us being banana skins. I don't think any of them underrates us though anymore," said Simmons, speaking six months ahead of his side's opening match against Bangladesh.
"We just have to prepare well and nobody expects us to beat the big countries. If we play to our best there will be some big upsets."
Simmons, who was part of the Irish coaching staff in 2007, will be able to call upon his own playing experience of an ICC Cricket World Cup in Asia. He scored two half centuries in the 1987 tournament and is excited about his players having the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the sub-continent.
"It means a lot to me. I was there the last time and the two Twenty20 World Cups showed how big it is," said Simmons.
"It will be nice as I have played and I know what it is like. It will be nice to see the guys go there and enjoy it."