Dual International White Ferns Captain Sophie Devine can hardly wait for the Trans-Tasman battle scheduled for February 13 at the Basin Reserve, her home grounds, against the Australians to take place. But it’s not just because she’ll be playing. She said that the upcoming International Cricket Council Women’s World Cup tournament is about letting everyone know how talented New Zealand is! There are good signs for the popularity of Women’s Cricket already, with 86 000+ spectators showing up for the recent T20 World Cup Final.
Devine said that it’s vital that word is spread across the country about what we have to offer as a nation and that getting in front of as many Kiwis as possible is a priority for her and her teammates. She said that she knows well the standards of Women’s Cricket because she’s been playing for almost 15 years but she wants to reveal it to the rest of the world, too.
President of New Zealand Cricket Debbie Hockley appeared in a total five World Cups, retiring after winning the only NZ title in Lincoln two decades ago. She said that, obviously, the dream is to win it, since this will secure attendance further on down the line, increase support for the women’s game overall, and provide a legacy for the young girl cricketers of tomorrow.
The White Ferns will have the full support of our government too, as Sports Minister Grant Robertson said they will be getting more financial help than normal as they enter the race for the silverware.
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