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“He has done really well for us over the last few years and we’ll be looking for him to put his hand up during this tournament”
Ireland captain William Porterfield has announced that 21-year-old left-arm spinner George Dockrell will play a key role during the upcoming World Twenty20 since Bangladesh is renowned for its spin-friendly pitches.
Dockrell made his international debut at the tender age of 17 and has already become one of Ireland’s frontline bowlers.
“He has done really well for us over the last few years and we’ll be looking for him to put his hand up during this tournament,” Porterfield said. “In previous tournaments he has done well so hopefully he can carry that form on here. Paul Stirling can bowl his offies as well and when you can get overs from your top order it gives you a great balance, which I think we have.”
Even though Ireland are deemed as favourites to advance from their qualifying group of Zimbabwe, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands, Porterfield revealed that he is solely concerned about playing exceptional cricket throughout the tournament.
“It doesn’t bother me who the favourites are,” Porterfield said. “We’ve been in tournaments where we’ve started as favourites and others where we haven’t. If we are underdogs that doesn’t bother me. Anyone can beat anyone. Favourites tags don’t mean much.”
Porterfield also admitted that he likes the idea of having a qualifying round.
“Who goes through can potentially hold an advantage, you’ll probably have to win three games to go through so you’ll have some momentum and know you are playing good cricket,” he said.
Porterfield added that Ireland’s confidence has been sky-high ever since they beat the West Indies, who are the defending World Twenty20 champions, by six wicket on February 19 in Jamaica.
“We have often played our better cricket when we have been together a while,” Porterfield said. “We’ve been to West Indies, Dubai and now here and it’s all been about building up to March 17.”