Treat Ireland with more respect, says Porterfield…
Ireland skipper Will Porterfield says his side needs to be treated with more respect following their four-wicket win over West Indies on Monday.
Porterfield insists Ireland deserved to be treated as equals to any full member nation after claiming yet another big scalp at World Cup level.
Ireland, ranked 12th in the world, are not considered a Test-playing full member of the ICC, but Porterfield says his side are just as good as many of the top 10 nations.
“I don’t see it as an upset,” he is quoted as saying by AFP.
“We prepared to come into this game to win, we’re going to prepare to go into the UAE (United Arab Emirates) game to win, South Africa after that and so on.”
Porterfield took the time to take aim at ICC’s two-tiered system, saying he didn’t quite understand why it was needed.
“The term an upset, anything from minnows to associate, I don’t see why a team has to be an associate or a team has to be a full member,” Porterfield said.
“Sure you’re ranked one to whatever but It’s not like that in any other sport and I don’t see why it has to be like that in ours.