Shahid Afridi urges women's team to take inspiration from Champions Trophy win

Danny Woods
June 24, 2017

Meanwhile England, Australia's perennial rival in the women's game, needed fewer than 28 overs to reach a meagre target of 131 against New Zealand.

The men's team staged one of the most astonishing sporting turnaround by winning the ICC Champions Trophy.

The 11th edition of the women's Cricket World Cup begins this weekend, with eight teams striving for the trophy now held by Australia - and the £520,000 first prize.

All the fixtures will be streamed live, with 10 broadcast on television in another sign of the growing global interest in women's cricket. Pressure comes with that, but as a team we try and embrace that.

India captain Raj admitted there will be some early anxiety among some of the less experienced members of her squad.

The Indian team are now enduring a dream run on the global circuit, and their dominant performances in the recent past make them one of the dark horses coming into this iconic tournament.

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Tournament hosts England and India, a team who've enjoyed success in English conditions in recent times, launch the competition in Derby on Saturday.

Australia, led by skipper Meg Lanning, are the others and the six-time winners and defending champions start as favourites to once again lift the trophy at Lord's on 23 July.

England will also play Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West indies, with the top four ranked sides eventually contesting semi-finals when they have all played one another.

Following the final day of meetings, the ICC said in a release that while the plan to hold the matches - against a Pakistan XI - is a work in progress, the ICC Board "agreed to support" the proposal.

England: Heather Knight (captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield and Danielle Wyatt.

"India has a lot of players who are playing in their first World Cup so there will be some nerves".

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