Ireland prepares for much-awaited I Cup clash

Mon, Jan 18, 2010 3:14 PM

Ireland prepares for much-awaited I Cup clash
Ireland wrapped up its preparations at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Academy on Sunday before heading to Sri Lanka for its crucial ICC Intercontinental Cup tie against Afghanistan at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, beginning Thursday.

The side will also participate in a Twenty20 quadrangular series involving Sri Lanka A, Afghanistan and Canada, as part of its preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in UAE next month.

Coach Phil Simmons said in an interview with 'The National' newspaper in the UAE: "The two days in Abu Dhabi has surely benefitted the players before we travel to Sri Lanka. The first game is always the hardest, especially for a team coming from freezing weather conditions. We play Afghanistan and it is a pretty good side."

"We are looking forward to playing good cricket and that's what is important to us. The first part of the tour is to concentrate on the four-day game and then switch on to the shorter format so that we can be ready for the ICC qualifiers," he added.

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