He was responding to questions from the Emirates news Agency, WAM, before Ireland’s nail-biting one run defeat by Scotland in the second of two warm-up games yesterday before the T20 qualifier begins in earnest on Friday.
Looking ahead to the Group B games, Wilson said, "All teams are here at this tournament on merit. In T20 cricket, games are often decided by fine margins and on their day every team has a chance of beating their opponent. The UAE and Oman matches are sides that we have a bit of competitive history with, but we will not be taking any side for granted."
Asked to comment on his team’s objectives in the qualifiers, he said, "In short, we're here to qualify for the T20 World Cup. That has been our goal since we started planning in earnest around 12 months ago. If we back ourselves and play to the level we know we can, then we will give ourselves a good opportunity to qualify. The planning and preparation is done, now it is down to delivering on the field."
Delivering a message to the thousands of Irish people who live in the Emirates, Wilson said, "The expatriate Irish community is some of the most vocal and supportive fans we have, and we enjoy travelling to other countries and seeing the fans come out in green to support us. The tournament will be an exciting one, and we'd love to see Irish fans in the stands cheering the team on," he concluded.