On April 16 the members of the apex council of the Board of Control for Cricket in India will meet to discuss a few things, which include India Women’s team’s international FTP and backroom staff hiring. Items No 10 and 11 on the agenda of the apex council meeting pertain to women’s cricket – appointment of support staff for women’s team, and discussion on international women’s FTP.
With regards to the Women’s T20 Challenge, also referred to as Women’s IPL the selectors and members of the team management among others have made a suggestion to increase the number of league games to two against each opposition. Still, there is no indication if the BCCI will increase the number of games, which would add up to seven matches in total including the final. It is known that the BCCI is in talks with other boards, including Australia and England, to ascertain the availability of top foreign players for the fourth edition of the WT20C. Another issue is whether there will be the fourth team added this year, however, there is no clarity at present.
In the recently concluded South Africa series which was played in Lucknow, the Board accepted the team’s demands, which included providing two physios and trainers for the team. For the first time ever, a throwdown specialist, who works at the NCA, was also sent to help the team.
During the aforementioned series, the head coach was WV Raman, whose contract expired in December 2020, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, his term was extended. Spin consultant and bowling coach Narendra Hirwani and fielding specialist Abhay Sharma too were a part of the coaching staff for the limited overs’ series.
Plenty of points to be discussed in the upcoming meeting of the apex council of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) April 14, 2021
In view of the completion of the contract term of WV Raman and other coaches currently associated with the Indian women’s team, it could be possible that the BCCI will pass a resolution to invite applications for head coach, fielding, and bowling coaches for the Women in Blue, in addition to the extra backroom staff.
Apart from this, Dhiraj Malhotra, who replaced Saba Karim as the general manager of women’s cricket, last December, has not been allotted the portfolio. So far, Malhotra has been asked to handle men’s domestic cricket, ICC events, and the NCA. On Friday, a decision on this could also be taken.
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