Cricket World Cup Preview : Ireland

The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14-March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, here take a brief look at the current form and prospects of the competing teams:

Pool B


– The Irish will be looking to add to a list of Test nation World Cup scalps that includes Pakistan (2007) and England (2011) with a squad where five players including skipper William Porterfield and brothers Kevin and Niall O’Brien will be taking part in their third edition of the tournament.

Warwickshire batsman Porterfield is one of several players with English county experience including Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh.

However, the paceman suffered a foot injury during the team’s training camp in Dubai and faces a race against time to be fit. Last Saturday saw Ireland beat Afghanistan by three wickets and they defeated Scotland by the same margin on Monday.

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