New Delhi: Former Indian captain Bishen Singh Bedi has expressed the hope Indian women will do better than the men in international contests, as they participate in the Women's World Cup 2000 opening next week in New Zealand.''Hopefully, I think they will do better than our men,'' he told UNI on Tuesday after the team was handed over a ''Hum Honge Kamyaab'' good luck banner signed by numerous cricket fans.''You see, they (the women team) are self-made. They have reached this juncture with their own efforts and hard work and I have high hopes that they will perform to the best of their capacity at the World Cup,'' he said.The women's cricket squad will leave on Thursday for New Zealand that is hosting the seventh edition of the event beginning on November 29. Australia have won the Women's Cricket World Cup four times, and England have claimed the Cup twice.Putting in a good word for the team, Bedi said at a news conference earlier that they (the women squad) should ''think INDIA, play with their heart and soul - as God lives in the heart - and keep their principles ahead of profits''.The team also received encouragement from Delhi Police Director (Training) Kiran Bedi as she handed them over the good luck banner.''We can pray for your success as prayers are most powerful. Go and do your best without bothering about the outcome,'' she said while recalling her days as lecturer at an Amritsar college when she came up to the expectations of her students who prayed for her success in sporting events.Skipper Anju Jain told reporters that her team underwent rigorous training at four camps that consisted of conditioning, running-between the wickets, fielding and practice matches.She told Ms Bedi that the squad have identified both their weaknesses and strengths and were confident of doing a good job in New Zealand.The team: Anju Jain (captain), Anjum Chopra (vice-captain), Purnima Rao, Chandrakanta Aheer, Mitali Raj, Hemlata Kala, Kalyani Umraonkar, Roopanjali Shastri, Deepa Kulkarni, Neetu David, Renu Margaret, Sunita Kanaujia, Kavita Roy, Smita Harikrishna and Arundhati.
Coach: Sudha Shah.
Coach: Sudha Shah.
Assistant coach: Sukhvinder Bawa.
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