Published: 27th January, 2014
Gary Wilson is leaving for the West Indies today – with his Ireland side preparing for a busy two months of competition around the world.
Wilson, who has played a key role as Ireland completed the Associate treble and secured a draw against Pakistan in 2013, is looking forward to a further opportunity for his side to prove their mettle.
It begins with them taking part in the Carribbean islands domestic fifty over competition – competing in a group against Jamaica, Guyana and the Windward Islands – before playing the West Indies in two T20s and a One Day International later in February.
After that Ireland travel to Bangladesh, eager to once again achieve success in the ICC World T20 – in which they have been drawn in a pre-qualifying group against Zimbabwe, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands. The action kicks off on St. Patrick’s Day, when Wilson’s men take on Zimbabwe in Sylhet.
If they successfully win their group, they will enter a group in the main tournament against Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and New Zealand.
Speaking to Surrey TV before he left, Wilson said: “Our games go up in stages in terms of importance. [The West Indies domestic games] will act as preparation for the games against the West Indies and the game against the West Indies will serve as preparation for the World Cup.
“Any games we get against full member nations are really important games though – and any wins we can get will really put pressure on the ICC.
” The games will also be great preparation for the season over here because there’s nothing like being out in the middle and scoring runs. Last year, whenever I went away I was really able to come back and hit the ground running for Surrey.”
To watch the full interview with Wilson, please click below, and check back to kiaoval.com and Surrey CCC social media channels to follow Wilson’s progress and performances over the next two months.