Ireland captain William Porterfield looks forward to the Jamaican Festival
A day after touching down at Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport, Ireland skipper, William Porterfield, is already looking forward to his team’s participation in the Digicel-sponsored Jamaica Cricket Festival.
Porterfield, who is making his second visit to the country after his team’s participation in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007, is hoping to use the festival as useful preparation for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup which gets underway in the region on April 30.
“It feels pretty good to be back here in Jamaica, we have a lot of good memories from here and now we’re looking forward to the cricket,” said Porterfield. “Our main focus is to use this tournament to help in our build-up to the ICC Twenty20 World Cup and we are looking to getting some good cricket under our belt and getting into the winning mentality. This is a good tough tournament and we are really looking forward to it.”
Porterfield has fond memories of the Jamaican supporters and is hoping that his team will perform up to expectations in what is anticipated by all to be a charged spectator atmosphere.
“The supporters were definitely one of the real highlights of the last time that we were here with the crowds and the atmosphere that they create so we are looking forward to playing in front if them,” said Porterfield.
The captain singled out the likes of Andre Botha and Trent Johnston as two of his team’s major threats but admitted that he knows little about the other teams that will be participating in the festival.
“We don’t know a lot about the Jamaican team and so we will be relying on coach Phil (Simmons) in that area…we’ll take it as it comes and adapt once the tournament starts,” Porterfield said.
The Jamaica Cricket Festival which will also feature West Indies, International Cricket Council associate member, Canada, as well as host Jamaica, will take place at Sabina Park, Chedwin Park and the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.
Games are set to get underway on Saturday, April 3, 2010 and will run through until April 17, 2010 and will feature a one-off three-day match, two ODIs, six Twenty20 matches and one 50-over match over the two-week period.