Anju Jain has been appointed as the head coach of the women`s cricket team of Bangladesh. Shee will replace Bangladesh`s present coach David Chappell, whose 18-month contract hasn`t been extended. The Bangladesh women`s cricket team is currently in South Africa. The 34-year-old former wicketkeeper of India women`s team will take charge of the Bangladesh team after the South Africa tour.
Bangladesh women will return home on 21 May after playing 5 ODIs and 3 T-Twenty matches against South Africa women. Only then Anju will join the Bangladesh team as soon as possible. He is joining the 6-month contract for the West Indies Women`s T-Twenty World Cup in November. A few days ago, another Indian Devika Palshikar has joined as the assistant coach of the Bangladesh team. Besides, the physiotherapist of Bangladesh Anjua Dalvi is also Indian.
Confirming the joining of Bangladesh team, Anju said, ‘It is exciting to get the opportunity to take the responsibility of a national team at this stage. The first challenge at this moment is to ensure the participation of the West Indies Women`s T-Twenty World Cup. There are talents here. But they have to be allowed to play. Our primary responsibility as a coaching group is to ensure the improvement of their skills. And in that they will be experienced.
Anju, who made her debut in 1995, retired from international cricket in 2005. She has scored 441 runs in 8 Tests for India, including one century. And in 65 ODIs she has scored 1729 runs. She is currently in charge of the head coach of the Vidarva Women`s Cricket Team of India. She will take the responsibility of the Bangladesh team from that responsibility. Meanwhile, after the ongoing South Africa tour, the 18-month contract with the current Chappell coach will end.
Bangla Insider/ SR