England And India Get Close To ICC WT20 Trophy
England captain Charlotte Edwards and her Indian counterpart Mithali Raj got their hands on the ICC Women's World Twenty20 trophy ahead of their T20 match at Canterbury.
Both players would love to lift the trophy for good later this year and Edwards has already held it, after England won the inaugural tournament on home soil in 2009.
"We had a disappointing tournament in 2010 in the Caribbean and this year is about rectifying that and claiming back the trophy we won in front of our home supporters in 2009," she said.
"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 7 October in Colombo and ultimately lifting the trophy once again."
India made the semi-finals in 2009, where they were beaten by eventual runners-up New Zealand and then matched that in 2010 where they were beaten by Australia.
Raj would love for her side to go one or two stages further this time around.
"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."
With the men's team's ICC World Cup 2011 victory fresh in India's mind, Raj would love to be involved with another national success story.
"Of course we would love to win the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012, and make the whole of India proud. 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."
The ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012 gets underway on 26th September.
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