10 November 200919:22

Porterfield excited about World Cup challenge

Ireland will be hoping to repeat its success against Bangladesh

Porterfield excited about World Cup challenge - Cricket News

Ireland's captain William Porterfield.

Irish skipper William Porterfield is relishing the opportunity to take on Bangladesh in its opening fixture at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

Ireland, who beat Bangladesh at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and the ICC World Twenty20 2009, will be hoping to repeat its success in recent global events.

"It's a tough opener for us. We saw just over 18 months ago how difficult a proposition Bangladesh are in their own back yard when we lost 3-0, but we'll be much better prepared come the 2011 World Cup. It's all going to be about getting acclimatised to the conditions on the sub-continent,” said Porterfield to Cricket Ireland’s website.

"We'll be working hard as we know it's going to be difficult with the group we've been given, but if we play to our full potential, we know we have the ability to win games and reach the last eight. I see no reason why we can't make it three in a row in terms of getting through to the final stages."

"The last two campaigns on the world stage has given the squad a belief, and we know what we can do. We have assembled a pretty talented and experienced squad, and I see no reason why we can't be competitive and reach the latter stages."

The other teams in Group B are India, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh and the Netherlands.