Former fielding coach of Indian team asked to accompany players for the Windies tour

After wrapping up the South Africa series with a tremendous victory, Women in blue are set to tour West Indies as there next challenge where they will face Windies in 3 ODI’s and 5 T20I’s. Recently it was learned through sources that the current fielding coach of Indian Women’s team would be unable to travel with the girls to the Caribbean due to some travel issue that was unable to get solved within time. The reliable sources of The Hindu learned that to fill the spot ex fielding coach- Biju George, was asked to play the role of a substitute fielding but in reply, he declined the offer of accompanying India as fielding coach.

With all this going on, there were also talks about former Indian captains Diana Edulji and Shantha Rangasawamy not being satisfied with the support staff selection and criticized them.

The team is simultaneously gearing up for the 2020 World-cup but their demand to get a settled and dedicated support staff came out to be an issue in the BCCI Committee of Administrators (COA) meeting held recently during South Africa Series. In the meeting, Edulji disagreed with the idea of giving part-time responsibilities with the women’s team.

“She told NCA director Rahul Dravid as well as General Manager Saba Karim in the meeting that there should be fixed appointments of support staff for women’s team just like men’s cricket,” a source close to developments told India Today.

Putting a larger picture in front of the committee members, she also inquired about the absence of a full- time analyst despite the advertisement of the same. “The COA member’s argument was there be full-time appointments after checking with the requirements of the captain and coach. And the due process of issuing advertisements for the jobs and conducting interviews be followed,” said the same source.

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With such conflicts on the table, the senior players’ demand for a sports psychologist is not really around. All these matters fall around how much is the input a valid reason for the desired outcome if the coaches aren’t available on a full-time basis the team cant be expected to perform consistently with good results.


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