Associate and Affiliate sides look ahead to ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier

Fri, Feb 5, 2010 1:04 PM

ICC Cricket World's special edition audio show this week is joined by Ireland coach Phil Simmons and Scotland's captain Gavin Hamilton to talk about the Associate and Affiliate sides' prospects ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2010 to be played in the United Arab Emirates from 9 to 13 February.

Simmons, who has coached the Ireland side since 2007, says his team is rebuilding after the ICC World Twenty20 in England last year but hopes it will qualify for what would be its second World Twenty20 tournament.

"We hope to make a few new discoveries during this tournament since we've lost three bowlers since the ICC World Twenty20 in England last year. Kyle McCallum has retired and two other bowlers in Regan West and Boyd Rankin are both out injured," he said.

Simmons also spoke of his side's group which features Afghanistan, USA and Scotland: "All the matches in our group are going to be hard, like all Twenty20 cricket. We have to take every game seriously and play every game to win and hopefully we can finish the tournament without losing a match."

Scotland captain Gavin Hamilton says of Saltires' chances of heading to what would be its third consecutive ICC World Twenty20: "This current side is a pretty inexperienced one when it comes to Twenty20 cricket since we've only had the opportunity to play Twenty20 in high-profile competitions like this one and the main ICC World Twenty20.

To listen to the full length interview please Go to this week's podcast

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