Leicestershire are enjoying their status as underdogs as they prepare for the Nokia Champions League T20 qualifiers in Hyderabad.
Leicestershire won the Friends Life t20 three weeks ago despite being the least fancied of the four sides who reached finals day at Edgbaston.
They arrived in India in the early hours of Saturday September 17 having made an early departure from England to give them time to acclimatise to conditions on the sub-continent.
Leicestershire face Trinidad & Tobago in their opening group match on Tuesday followed by Sri Lanka qualifiers in their second group match on Wednesday. Three of the six sides in the qualifying event will progress to the Champions League proper.
”We’ve come to India with high hopes. We haven’t got as many big names as other teams and will come into it as underdogs but that suits us just fine,” Hoggard said.
“We’ve done well in our domestic competition and come to India in good form. We’re looking to surprise a few teams. We’ve got a lot of experienced players and people who have been to India before, so conditions will not be new to us.
“We’ve got two group games, so we’ll have to hit the ground running. We’ve got a practice game on Sunday against local opposition and we only got here in the early hours so it’s a quick turnaround.
“We’ve played a lot of cricket this summer, so it’s not like we’re ring-rusty. It’s going to be a case of getting used to the conditions and working out gameplans for the players we’ll be coming up against.”