Rambaldo ready for the challenge

Fri, Jul 24, 2009 8:36 PM

Rambaldo ready for the challenge
Helmien Rambaldo, the skipper of The Netherlands, is hoping that her side will be able to achieve some success when it plays in the ICC European Senior Women's Championships next month.

Her side will play against Ireland and Scotland in a three-team tournament, which for the first time will feature ODI and T20 matches.

Only the 50-over and Twenty20 matches between Ireland and The Netherlands will count as official ODI games, as Scotland does not have ODI status in women's cricket.

In an interview with the ICC website, she looks forward to the event.

Are you looking forward to the European Championships?

We are really looking forward to the European Championships. Our preparations have been going well, and the team is looking forward to competing against Ireland and Scotland. This is also the first year the European Championships involves T20 matches besides the 50 overs matches, which gives us more games to test ourselves against the other teams from Europe.

Do you think your side is capable of victory at the event?

We are well prepared for this tournament and our goal is to beat Ireland and Scotland. If we play to our own strengths and capabilities our side is capable of winning the event.

How disappointing was it to miss out on the ICC Women's World Cup and the ICC World Twenty20 2009?

It was very disappointing to miss out on the two World Cups in the last year. With the great exposure women's cricket is getting these days, it would have been two great events for us to be at and play international cricket. This has made us even more keen to work hard for qualifying for the next World Cup.

How is your participation in English county cricket helping the team develop?

For us to improve our game we need to play more cricket, and get more exposure on grass wicket. Participation in English county cricket is doing these things for us, and giving the team more opportunities to get experience on the field.

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