England women’s captain Heather Knight has significant credentials when it comes to winning World Cups yet not so much in taking care of them. The statement relates to the 2013 Ashes series, which the English side retained due to the drawn series. Nevertheless, the trophy won by the hosts was with Heather Knight for ten weeks.
It was later revealed that the coveted title was with her while the ECB felt she had it lose from her grasp. A very similar incident ensued when the Three Lions emerged victorious in the 2017 World Cup by beating India in the final. The dramatic victory at the Lord’s in London gave Heather Knight’s side the fourth World Cup.
The 29-year old told the BBC Live Sports Specials that as a captain, it was her responsibility to preserve it; unfortunately, she didn’t. She recalled that in the mood of celebration, Heather passed on the trophy to a security guard, which disappeared after everyone went on the lookout for it. Heather went on to say that someone from ECB sensed danger and had it with them. The captain was a key figure in their triumph, scoring 364 runs in nine matches at 45.80.
“Unfortunately, it was my responsibility that it got misplaced. I was at The Oval a week later with a few friends for the tour of the hospitality boxes with the trophy. We managed to sit down for a couple of pints and enjoy the match. I passed on the (responsibility) of the trophy to the security guard whilst I was enjoying myself. A fair few pints later we went to check on the trophy and it had actually disappeared. I had a bit of panic. But luckily someone from the ECB had sensed danger and taken it back and looked after it.”
Heather Knight refuses to promote a change in the length of the pitch for women’s cricket:
A few days ago, former England men’s captain Nasser Hussain implicated to shorten the length of the pitch from 22 to 20 yards for women’s cricket. The England women’s skipper disagrees with the same, saying that carrying out the amendment overnight can backfire and have a reverse effect on the game.
“Obviously as professional cricketers, we have trained since we were 11 or 12 playing on a full-length pitch,” she said. “The skills you hone with that, the lengths the bowlers bowl, the trajectory spinners bowl, the little cues that you pick up as a batter are based on that full-pitch length. I think if you change that overnight, it would have a big impact on the game, probably detrimental effect on the game.”