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Rambaldo excited by the opportunity to play Quadrangular

Mon, Apr 18, 2011 10:15 AM


The Netherlands women's team embarks on the Quadrangular Series in Sri Lanka, beginning with an ICC Europe training programme followed by a series with Ireland, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

The training programme which has been funded by the ICC Pepsi Development Programme takes place from 18-22 April, replacing the previous ICC European Women's Academy which had been hosted at La Manga Club in Spain for the previous few years.

Netherlands' captain Helmien Rambaldo is thoroughly looking forward to the tour and explains the training the team has been undertaking over the winter.

"During the winter the squad had weekly indoor sessions which included fitness work, technical drills and themes including batting against spin, bowling variations sessions. Over the last few weeks outdoor sessions have taken place with the focus on fielding," says Rambaldo.

Replacing the ICC Women's Academy in La Manga, the Netherlands captain thinks it is a great opportunity.

"The ICC Women's Academy training programme has always offered girls from our squad excellent training facilities and coaching to improve our game. By having the programme in Sri Lanka this year, it offers the girls a great opportunity to get experiences in different conditions than what the girls are used to. This all will benefit in becoming better players, and more versatile in adapting to different conditions," states Rambaldo.

With the Netherlands and Ireland women's teams travelling to Sri Lanka it will be fantastic preparation for the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier in November.

"Our aim for the 2011 is to qualify for the World Cup during the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh. By having the tour to Sri Lanka, we are firstly getting the opportunity to get used to conditions in Asia.

"Secondly, by playing the teams ranked above us, it will be a good challenge to see where we are at the moment and what we still need to work on till the tournament in Bangladesh," says Rambaldo.

The Netherlands captain is looking forward to the programme and for the opportunity the team will experience on the tour.

"For most of the girls it will be a first experience playing in the Asian continent. The training programme will allow them to learn about the conditions and how to adapt to them. Two main areas of the training programme: batting against spin and fielding, will be two things that the team can directly apply to the games. The challenge for the girls will be to take the experience learned in the first week and apply it to their own game in the second week," states Rambaldo.

For women's cricket and in particular Netherlands cricket, 2011 is a crucial year: "2011 is one of the biggest years for the Dutch women's cricket. With this upcoming tour to Sri Lanka, playing in the ECB Division 3 league and ECB T20 competition, the European Championships in August and the World Cup Qualifiers in Bangladesh, there is a lot of cricket coming up for the team.

"Over the past few years there have been more international tournaments and matches for us. The ICC Women's Cricket Challenge of last October, the upcoming quad series are big tournaments for us, and giving us more opportunities to participate on a high level. This all helps us to improve our game and to be able to compete on higher level. Other European countries are also starting women's or girls' initiatives in cricket, which makes the game grow all over Europe," concludes Rambaldo.



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