Carolina Sobral plays for Argentina’s National Cricket Team. Carolina got introduced to Cricket at the age of 7 while she was in her school St.Albans. Cricket wasn’t popular then in Argentina, but Carolina found the game quite interesting. Her family was always supportive in letting her play Sports and Carolina soon picked up the game. Thanks to the Coaches and her cricket mates. Cricket, being a team game always admired her and made her overcome all the challenges. She played the South American Championship and got the opportunity to represent her country. Carolina’s goal is to play in the America’s Cup. She feels that getting there would make Cricket more popular in Argentina and also encourage other girls to join Cricket. Cricket Argentina is already taking a lot of efforts to raise the bar and promote it using Social Media. Carolina has a beautiful advice for all the budding youngsters. Read the Interview to know more about Argentina Women’s Cricket.
1. Tell us about yourself?
Full Name : Carolina Sobral
Date of Birth :14/10/96
Playing Role : Bowler
Batting Style : Drive
Bowling Style : Slow Bowler
Country : Argentina
2. What age did you start playing Cricket? How did you get in touch with the game?
I started playing when I was a kid, age of 7, I went to an english school St. Albans College here in Argentina, as regards sports girls were taught how to play hockey and boys rugby, then as a mixed sport we had Cricket, it wasn't that popular and it's not nowadays in this country due to the few English schools over here.
3. Who were your cricketing heroes whilst growing up?
As Cricket is not a sport which you can see on TV in Argentina I couldn't have any popular heroes so I just got motivated with my everyday heroes, my Cricket coaches and luckily now mates.. Sofia Retamales (flamingos sub captain), Veronica Vasquez (flamingos captain), also my English cricket coaches who give me and my friends everyday the most pure and the best version of Cricket.. Daniel Sutton, William Slemmings and others.
4. Was your family supportive when you started off with Cricket? Was it ever hard for you to convince them?
My family actually still today don't quite get the sport and I've been playing for a while already, but among that they have always been very supportive as regards money for travelling nationally and internationally, it has never been hard to convince them cause they knew it was one of my passions.
5. What do you enjoy the most on the field? Is it lofting the ball over boundaries, or breaking stumps or fielding?
The thing I enjoy the most while playing Cricket must be the team support. We live in a Football playing country and support to teams is very popular here so it comes natural to us shout, sing and cheer to make our players comfortable and create a more interesting climax to a super quiet sport like Cricket. So fielding could be the best moment to do that.
6. If not Cricket, where else would you have landed up in your Career?
As regards sports I used to play Hockey at school but I never got really interested on it. I never actually thought of any other sport.
7. Any major challenges that you faced all these years? How do you feel can those challenges be addressed?
We all have personal challenges, I demand myself a lot. I always think that what I am doing is not enough and I try to get better everyday, I might be a little bit tough with myself but that's how I think I can change my playing skills, pressure.
8. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
America's Cup. We are not part of it any more and our aim is to get there, to show that we are a good team and that we are good enough to be well-known in this country and make everyone be interested on playing or at least to know what Cricket is. We want to focus apart of our personal aims, in this, to make people here in Argentina to know about this sport and volunteer it as they do with others like Football, Hockey or Rugby.
9. What would be that one goal of your life to achieve as a Cricketer?
That would be playing an important cup, as the America's Cup
10. Which do you feel has been the biggest highlight of your sporting career so far? Any achievements or rewards that you cherish the most.
I haven't been part of Argentina's national team for too long so the most recent highlight is the biggest now, playing the South American championship, it's always a pride to represent your country in any way, known or not its the idea of carrying those wonderful colours that represent us that makes it feel amazing.
11. There are a lot of men’s T20 leagues like the IPL, CPL, BPL, the Big Bash, etc which have been very successful recently. Do you think there is a need for a similar league for women?
Of course it would be fantastic to make those leagues happen, women T20 is as good and interesting as men, they're worth it.
12. What do you feel is the future of Women's Cricket in your Country?
We're making a lot of mobilizations here in Argentina to show our presence and to make everyone know more about the sport we are doing it by social medias such as Facebook (Flamingos Cricket Femenino), Twitter (@flamingoscricar) and Instagram (flamingoscricketargentina). There everyone is welcome to follow our trainings, events and even get in touch to start playing with us.
13. Who would you credit most for your success and why?
I would stick to my heroes the ones who taught me everything.
14. Your advice to the youngsters taking up Cricket as a career?
Probably would be to never quit, never stop trying. One of the best advices I got and I can transmit is about frustration. I was once bowling in a net and the batsman was hitting every single ball really hard, and I felt I was not good enough, someone said ''you're bowling fantastically''' my answer was very negative, ''I'm not, he's smacking it'' so he said ''you're bowling your best over but the batsman is batting his best over as well, you might be doing great but also the batsman deserves to do so.'' He tried to tell me not to give up because my performance was good but this is a game of winning or losing and that doesn't mean you're doing it wrong.
15. One thing that you want us (Global Cricket Community) to do for the Cricket Community and why?
In Argentina we have a big percentage of poverty and poverty here leads to crime in many cases, especially among youngsters. Cricket coach Daniel Juarez together with other people got the fantastic idea of taking one of the most elite sports in Argentina to a shanty town and teach young kids how to play. Luckily many of them got really interested in the sport and some are even playing for national teams in their divisions, and have been travelling internationally to places they have never imagined they would go to, and also they will visit soon the Pope at the Vatican and even play a game against the Vatican Cricket team. Caacupe Cricket (found in Facebook as Caacupe Cricket) is one big great successful project in Argentina and we're looking forward to expand it to other shanty towns.
It would be good if this happened in every Cricket playing country, to give everyone the possibility of playing and enjoying a sport, inclusion is very important.