BCCI looking to strengthen India Women’s squad after loss to Australia

  • Indian Women were whitewashed 0-3 at home by Australia Women in the recent ODI series
  • The BCCI will set up a committee to review the team’s performance ahead of the Women T20 tri-series featuring India Women, Australia Women and England Women
  • The BCCI appointed committee will also work on scouting new talent and improving India’s bench strength

Following the India Women’s team recent ODI whitewash at the hands of Australia Women and ahead of the Women T20 tri-series featuring England Women, the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to set up a committee to review the hosts’ performance in a bid to expedite the process of strengthening the bench strength of the Mithali Raj-led team.

BCCI to setup a committee to strengthen India Women’s cricket team

The committee is being put in place with a specific goal of improving the performance of India Women’s team in the long-run and prevent a repeat of what conspired against Australia Women. The committee will comprise of COA member Diana Edulji, ODI captain Mithali Raj, T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur, selection committee chief Hemlata Kala and Prof. Ratnakar Shetty (convenor), with all the members scheduled to meet on March 28 and discuss the way forward.

The agenda for the meeting will also include discussions on creating a pool of players to improve India’s bench strength, starting with a national camp. The BCCI has also asked the India Women selectors to handpick a pool of pacers, spinners and wicket keepers and test them in a camp at the National Cricket Academy beginning later this month.

“There is a definite need for more quality pace bowlers and spinners. The Australia series showed us that. They played our spinners rather easily while our team struggled against theirs. We also need more firepower in the batting department,” committee member Edulji, who is also a former India captain, told PTI.

After a wonderful run in the ODI and T20I series in South Africa, India have been brought back down to earth by a superior Australian side, who have looked better and dominated in every aspect of the game. More consistency is also expected from established names like Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and opener Smriti Mandhana.

The BCCI also has in mind the fact that stalwarts like Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami aren’t going to be around for long and will eventually need replacing in the near future. As such, the board is planning to scout for talent from all parts of the country including the North East.

“The recent tweaks in the domestic structure, including the introduction of the U-16 category, will take a while to take shape. But there is still a need to find the right available talent from all parts of India including North East, an area which has not been explored much,” Edulji said.

After the ODI series against Australia Women, India Women’s next assignment will be the Women T20 tri-series at home which will include England Women as the third team.

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