Charlotte Edwards is a part of Sky's commentary team for England Women vs Pakistan Women matches    Getty Images
Charlotte Edwards is part of Sky’s commentary team for England Women’s series against Pakistan Getty Images

Former England Women’s international Charlotte Edwards has stated she is proud to be a part of Women’s Cricket Week, and hopes the initiative helps young girls to see a career in the game. Edwards, who retired from international cricket earlier this year, was the longest serving captain of England. Her 20-year long career saw her play 191 ODIs and 23 T20Is. She took retirement from international cricket after England were beaten by Australia in the semi-finals of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2016. Since the, she has assumed the role of a commentator for England’s ongoing series against Pakistan. ALSO READ: Heather Knight’s fairytale beginning as England Women captain

Speaking about the Women’s Cricket week initiative, skysports.com quoted Edwards saying, “It’s a vitally important and great initiative at Sky, and something I’m really proud to be part of. I would’ve loved to been a 12-year-old girl now with a week dedicated to Women’s Cricket and three games on Sky. I would probably have been glued to the TV.”

“I know I probably did it the hard way, but I take a lot of pleasure from how the game has grown in the time that I have been playing. I was lucky enough in my role as captain to go into schools and get children motivated about cricket. It was always a huge responsibility of mine, and I know the team as a whole take real pride in that as well.”

“With a successful England side, Sky continuing to cover the game, and with the World Cup next summer, this is an enormous opportunity for the game. That’s a really powerful thing to be able to tell a young girl – that there’s a career in the game now and I’ll be doing all I can to give them the opportunity to play and get as much pleasure out of the game as I have.”

Edwards also gave her views on the Kia Super League, where she will be representing Southern Vipers. “The Super League is going to be huge for growing the game,” added Edwards. “It gives young girls the aspiration of playing not just for England and will help bridge that gap from county cricket to international cricket.

“I have trained for it probably just as hard even though I’ve stopped playing for England. It has been really nice to have a competition to focus on straight away. I’ll be going out to the Big Bash again this winter as well. I haven’t stopped. But I’m enjoying life at the moment. That’s part of my plan over the next 12-18 months, to just have a go at everything. I’ve tried the commentary, I’m still playing, and do a bit of coaching. Eventually I’ll have some tough decisions to make.”

Finally, she heaped praises on the current English Women’s team, which beat Pakistan 3-0 in the ODIs. “They’ve done brilliantly over the last week – possibly better than they thought they’d do,” said Edwards. “Some of the scores that they’ve been setting have been fantastic. They’ll be realistic; they’ll know that there will be much tougher opposition than Pakistan over the next 12 months, but they couldn’t have asked for a better start.”

“I worked really closely with Heather, over the last two years especially. She was more than ready to take on this kind of leadership role and she looks like she is really enjoying it. She’s got the best job in the world. I’m sure she knows that.”

“I’ve absolutely loved covering the games in the commentary box. The guys have been brilliant! You kind of have your own dressing-room banter, so I haven’t missed that side of the game but I have obviously missed whacking a few balls around!”