World Twenty20: Ireland must be fearless in qualifiers says Ed Joyce
Ed Joyce says Ireland have to play without fear if they are to enjoy more success at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Last Updated: 17/03/14 7:58am
Ireland open their three-match qualification bid with a clash against Zimbabwe in Sylhet on Monday, live on Sky Sports 2 from 9am, and the pressure is on from the outset with little room for error.
Joyce feels an attacking mindset will be needed if they are to come out on top of a group that also includes Holland and the United Arab Emirates.
"They (Zimbabwe) are a good side. I think it is whoever turns up on the day and plays the more fearless cricket (that will win)," Sussex batsman Joyce said.
"It looks like it is going to be a good deck here - and hopefully that will suit us a bit more.
"Whoever gets off to a good start, gets a flyer, could win."
Conditions in Sylhet look a little more conducive to pace bowling than the average Bangladesh track and captain Will Porterfield feels his squad has the bowling options to be able to cope.
"It's a new pitch but it's not your stereotypical sub-continental pitch," Porterfield said. "There might be a bit more pace and carry in it than you might be used to.
"We'll see how it plays out tomorrow. We haven't played here so obviously we don't really know. We'll have to assess the conditions pretty quickly.
"We've got three bowlers in the top six or seven batters which makes a big difference to any team. We normally go in with four or five seamers and at least two spinners in a general team.
"We've got plenty of options with the ball and our batting goes down there so we've got a few issues ahead of selection, but they are good issues to have."