Edwards eyes England double
Charlotte Edwards is confident that her side can reclaim the ICC World Twenty20 trophy, and hopes the men can make it an England double in Sri Lanka.
England women's captain Edwards and India skipper Mithali Raj were at the St Lawrence Ground ahead of their sides’ Twenty20 International and both players admitted they dreamed of lifting the trophy.
Edwards led England to World T20 success on home soil in 2009, but they failed to retain their crown in the West Indies in 2010.
Edwards has echoed her male counterpart, Stuart Broad, by speaking of how great it would be for cricket in England if both the men’s and women’s sides were victorious in Sri Lanka on October 7.
“We had a disappointing tournament in 2010,” Edwards said. “This year is about rectifying that and claiming back the trophy we won in front of our home supporters in 2009,” Edwards said
“Both the men’s and women’s sides have tasted success at the ICC World Twenty20, us in 2009 and the men’s side in 2010. To have both of us in the final of the event in Sri Lanka and to perhaps even win both events would be great for cricket across England and Wales.
"We really enjoy playing as double-headers with the men’s sides and hopefully this year we’ll bring home the trophy along with the men’s side.
Edward’s side continue their preparations with two T20s and five NatWest one-day internationals against India prior to a busy winter.
"We’ve got some good preparation in place ahead of the tournament with games against India and a series against West Indies later this summer, just before the tournament begins in September," Edwards added.
"We’ve got a new-look side that has been working hard over the last year to ensure we’ve got a good amount of match practice and we’re ready for Sri Lanka later this year.
"We want to be in that final on October 7 in Colombo and ultimately lifting the trophy once again."
India captain Raj is eager for her side to claim its first ICC World Twenty20 women’s title, and believes the sub-continent conditions will benefit them greatly.
"It would be great to win the ICC Women’s World Twenty20, the closest we have got to the title is the semi-final stage and we know we have the ability to go further," she said.
"The fact the tournament is being played in Sri Lanka will help us immensely as the sub-continent conditions are ones that we know and do well in as a team."
Raj also admitted it would be great to bring some ICC silverware home to India to mirror the two trophies won by the men.
"Of course we would love to win the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012, and make the whole of India proud," she added.
"The men won the tournament in 2007 and then won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 so hopefully this time around it will be both the India women and men bringing home the ICC World Twenty20 trophies.”