Women’s World Cup 2022: If we play exciting brand of cricket, it’ll leave ‘legacy’, says New Zealand skipper Devine
Women’s World Cup 2022: New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine is under a different kind of pressure as she leads her team in a home World Cup, which begins on March 4 against the West Indies.
As they seek for silverware, Devine and her White Ferns teammates are motivated by prior New Zealand teams.
“We know if we play a really exciting brand of cricket that we can get the whole country behind. That’s going to leave a legacy. I think it’s something that the BLACKCAPS did particularly well in 2015. They really did have the whole country behind them and we’re hoping we can do something similar in igniting the passion that so many Kiwis have for their sport and hopefully they can get behind us as well,” said Devine during a virtual press conference.
New Zealand won the Women’s World Cup the last time they hosted it, and Devine has fond memories of the 2000 triumph.
“That was probably one of the first times I’d watched women’s cricket on TV and it’s not a bad one to watch. There’s a number of us players that were inspired by those players who played in that tournament and it’s pretty incredible to think now here we are, some 20 odd years later, hosting our own World Cup tournament with the opportunity to hopefully replicate what they did back in 2000,” said Devine.
Bangladesh will compete in their first one-day World Cup in 2022, and the entire team will be making their debuts. It’s an opportunity for skipper Nigar Sultana and her team to put their preparation to the test.
“I think this is a big opportunity for all of us. We’ve been working so hard for this and this is our first-ever World Cup. I think if we could do well here, it will be a great moment in Bangladesh cricket. We came a bit early just because we wanted to assess the wickets. And the conditions because we have never played here in New Zealand conditions,” said Sultana.
“So, we have had a lot of quality practice sessions here. We are trying to assess the wicket and in the conditions. I think our girls have done very well,” she added.
Sultana has also been able to call on the knowledge of the Bangladesh men’s side, which played in New Zealand earlier this year.
“We do have some good relations with some of the players. So they shared a lot of experience about the condition and how we’re going to the play here. I think it is going to help us in the practice matches and the main matches as well,” said Sultana.