The pressure is on the West Indies to perform
England Twenty20 skipper Paul Collingwood believes the advantage the West Indies has hosting the Twenty20 World Cup could also be their downfall.
Collingwood was part of the England team that was beaten by the Netherlands at Lords during last year’s event in England and the skipper believes Ireland could cause similar shock.
"We were beaten by Netherlands last time in the ICC World Twenty20 so you can't take any side lightly, particularly Associates and Affiliates," said Collingwood.
"These type of sides are dangerous as they literally come out firing at 110 per cent, no fear and when you're playing T20 cricket facing a side who've got no fear then it's even more dangerous a side to face," he added.
"Ireland is a very workmanlike team and they know their strengths, we've played against them quite a lot in the last few years and again they're a dangerous side but hopefully we have the armoury in our side to overcome both teams in our group,"
"I think there is always added pressure when you are the host side for the tournament, it can work either way for you, it can either spur you on and obviously they know the conditions as well and I guess tailor the conditions to their strengths.”
"We know it's going to be difficult to play against the West Indies we know they've got the likes of Chris Gayle who is certainly one to watch and then the likes of him can take the game away from you if you don't get them out early. They are a dangerous side but we're still confident we can do well," said Collingwood.