Ireland ready for West Indies challenge: Simmons

Thu, Mar 25, 2010 1:14 PM

Ireland ready for West Indies challenge: Simmons
Ireland coach Phil Simmons is confident that his side can beat the West Indies in its opening game of the ICC World Twenty20 2010 on 30 April in Guyana due to the unpredictable nature of the format of the game.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, he said: "Along with defending champions Pakistan, West Indies is the most dangerous T20 side in the world but it could just as easily have a bad day. Of course, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, (Shiv) Chanderpaul and (Ramnaresh) Sarwan can take apart any attack in the world, but the way they play always gives the opposition a chance and we must make sure we are at the top of our game because, as we have proven before, we can turn over anyone on our day."

Ireland plays England in its next game in the event on 4 May, where Eoin Morgan, who played 63 games for Ireland, will be in the opposition.

"There are no secrets in the cricket world now," added Simmons. "Morgan is a very close friend of (Ireland) captain (William Porterfield) but friendship will go out the window when they face each other on the field and it will be just another game which we will try to win. We are not going there to make up the numbers, we expect to reach the Super Eights again."

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