Former and current men’s captains get behind their teams
Gavaskar advises India to believe in itself and take heart from men’s team’s win in 1983
Akram says Pakistan girls deserve to compete against the best; Ranatunga confident Sri Lanka capable of causing a few surprises
Hunger and drive necessary to be the absolute best, reminds Vettori; Strauss says England should be proud of its recent record
Former and current captains of the men’s teams have sent their respective national cricket teams good-luck messages ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 which gets underway in Australia next week.
Eight teams – holder Australia, India, England, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan – will go head to head from 7 March in a 16-day tournament during which 25 matches will be played.
ESPN STAR Sports, ICC’s official broadcaster, will broadcast all seven matches that will take place at North Sydney Oval, including the final. This will ensure that the event will be the most widely viewed yet, with the coverage to be aired in more than 100 countries.
Indian great Sunil Gavaskar, one of the ICC Hall of Famers, said the India team should take heart from the 1983 ICC Cricket World Cup triumph and continue to believe in itself. “The Indian team was good enough to get to the finals of the last World Cup, so it should believe in itself and play freely. It is a team with a combination of youth and experience and that is always a great way to begin a campaign.
“The team was lucky that it was practised at the National Cricket Academy and the players were able to interact with the likes of VVS Laxman and RP Singh which would have given them a lot of confidence.
“This is the silver jubilee year of India’s triumph in the 1983 World Cup and if the women’s team can take heart from that effort and keep fighting till the last ball is bowled, who knows, it may be able to do what we did 25 years ago.”
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, who was player of the final of the 1992 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against England, said Pakistan’s participation in the premier competition was evidence that the country’s girls had the talent to compete against the best. “It is great to know that Pakistan women’s cricket team has qualified for the World Cup. It clearly proves that the team has the talent that is required to line up with the best in women’s cricket.
“I want to see the Pakistan team go out there and give its best. It has nothing to lose as it is not amongst the top-ranked teams. This should lessen the pressure on the players and when you have nothing to lose and nothing to fear, you tend to give up your best,” said Akram who took 414 Test and 502 ODI wickets during his career.
Arjuna Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to World Cup glory in Lahore in 1996, advised his team to go match by match as the event was not about big names. “The World Cup is not about big names but about how you perform in the big arena.
“Sri Lanka needs to take each game at a time and go stage by stage. Its first target should be to qualify for the Super Six stage. The players need to trust their talent, ability, prowess and need to believe that they are good enough to win the ICC Women’s World Cup,” said Ranatunga, a veteran of 93 Tests and 269 ODIs.
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said Haidee Tiffen’s side was strong and had some good performers. “The New Zealand side looks to be one of the most experienced we’ve had in a while and there is some world-class talent in there with hitters like Suzie Bates, all-rounder Nicola Browne and bowlers like Sophie Devine.
“In a World Cup it’s all about performance on the day so there’s got to be a hunger and a drive to be the absolute best you can be.
“We cheered them when they played the curtain- raiser to our Twenty20 International against Australia and will be sending messages of support to the team throughout the World Cup and keeping in contact with them as much as possible.”
England captain Andrew Strauss said Charlotte Edwards’ team should be proud of its recent record which will give it the confidence to do well in Australia. “The England women’s team can be really proud of its record over the last few years and beating Australia at home and away was a terrific achievement. The team has plenty of talented young players coming through the system too which bodes well for the future.
“We always take an interest in how the women’s team is doing and it was great to see Charlotte Edwards winning the ICC Women’s Player of the Year award in Dubai last year.
“It’s an important year for the women’s team. With three major competitions coming up, it gives them a great opportunity to get more exposure for women’s cricket and hopefully it will help encourage more women and girls in this country to take up the sport.”
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Note to editors: Images from selected matches will be available for free download at http://iccfiles.sportcentric.
Notes to Editors: The following is a provisional list of media releases and other information that will be issued in the build-up to and during the ICC Women’s World Cup, which will be held from 7 to 22 March in Australia.
Friday 27 February – Group A preview (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies)
Friday 27 February – Advisory on pre-event media activities
Saturday 28 February – Group B preview (India, England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan)
Sunday 1 March – Former World Cup captains supporting their teams, wishing them good luck
Sunday 1 March – Release on television element to the World Cup
Monday 2 March—Results of warm-up matches (West Indies v New South Wales (NSW), Old Kings; Australia v England, Village Green)
Tuesday 3 March – Results of warm-up matches (New Zealand v Pakistan, Manly; Sri Lanka v NSW, Old Kings; India v South Africa, Raby 1)
Wednesday 4 March – Results of warm-up matches (Australia v Sri Lanka, Manly; India v New Zealand, Old Kings; England v West Indies, Raby 1; Pakistan v South Africa, Green Village)
Thursday 5 March– General preview, tournament statistics/history/previous winners, opening ceremony release and photograph of all the participating teams.
Friday 6 March – Reliance Mobile ICC Women’s ODI Rankings release
Saturday 7 March to Thursday 12 March – During the group stage short-form scores will be sent out with a round-up of the day’s play (concentrating on one game in particular) along with a link to the full scorecards on the website. Also, quotes from feature game if possible.
Friday 13 March – Round-up of group stage, look ahead to the Super Six stage, Reliance Mobile ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings release post-group stage and looking ahead at the Super Six and the final.
Saturday 14 March to Thursday 19 March – During the Super Six stage short-form scores will be sent out with a round-up of the day’s play (concentrating on one game in particular) along with a link to the full scorecards on the website, preview of the third-fourth place and fifth-sixth place play-off matches. Also, quotes from the feature game if possible.
Friday 21 March – Preview of the final, photograph of the two captains with Trophy
Sunday 22 March – Scores and report from the final, including quotes from winning and losing captains/coaches
Monday 23 March – Review of tournament and photograph of the winning captain with Trophy and player of the final with Trophy.
Monday 23 March – Reliance Mobile ICC Women’s ODI Rankings post World Cup
Previously released articles:
Wednesday 29 October – ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 launch release
Friday 26 December – Media accreditation release
Tuesday 13 January – Provisional squads release
Monday 9 February – Announcement of all eight squads
Tuesday 11 February – Release on history of Women’s World Cup
Thursday 12 February – Release on double century, hat-tricks and tied matches
Monday 16 February – Advisory on trophy images available for free download
Tuesday 17 February – Release on South Africa player replacement
Wednesday 18 February – Release on West Indies player replacement
Wednesday 18 February – Australia captain Karen Rolton’s interview
Thursday 19 February– India captain Jhulan Goswami’s interview
Friday 20 February – New Zealand captain Haidee Tiffen’s interview
Saturday 21 February – South Africa captain Sunette Loubser’s interview
Sunday 22 February – England captain Charlotte Edwards’ interview
Monday 23 February – Sri Lanka captain Shashikala Siriwardena’s interview
Tuesday 24 February– Pakistan captain Urooj Mumtaz’s interview
Wednesday 25 February – West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira’s interview
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