Tushar Arothe Replaces Purnima Rau as India Women's Cricket Coach

Paola Ditto
Aprile 22, 2017

In an interview to ESPNcricinfo, Arothe said, "The call came from the BCCI asking if I'd be keen".

Mumbai: Former Ranji cricketer Tushar Arothe has been appointed as the coach of the Indian women's cricket team, two months ahead of the 2017 Women's World Cup in England and Wales. An opportunity to coach the national team is something I didn't want to miss.

Meanwhile, Purnima Rau revealed that she only learnt about her sacking from media reports and said, "I was preparing the team for the World Cup when I heard of this from elsewhere", she said.

"I've had prior experience of coaching the women's team, so familiarity, at least with the seniors, won't be an issue".

The Barodian believes the Indian team don't lack in batting and bowling but fielding and fitness is one area where they have work on. "That will be the prime focus at the camp in Mumbai." she further added. He was appointed as coach of the Baroda Ranji team previous year but he had to resign due to conflict of interest as his son was selected in the team as a probable.

"I wasn't given any explanation or reason by the board". Arothe first worked with the Indian women's team as a fielding coach in 2008 and later got appointed as coach of the same team in 2012-13. "Without any information or talking to me, they removed me", the former India captain told PTI here. In terms of results, we were successful. Some glaring omissions include Amita Sharma, who played five Tests, 116 ODIs and 41 T20 Internationals and Smitha Harikrishna, who played 22 ODIs, including two World Cups.

India will next participate in a quadrangular series in South Africa, also involving Ireland and Zimbabwe, in May.

The tournament will be followed by the World Cup where team will open its campaign against England on June 24 in Derby.

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