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Former India player appointed as women's team batting coach

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Former India player Hrishikesh Kanitkar has been named as the batting coach of the India women's team ahead of the T20Is against Australia this month.

BCCI announced Kanitkar as the new batting coach of the women's team with former head coach Ramesh Powar switching to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) as spin bowling coach.

“It is an honour to be appointed as the new Batting Coach of the Senior Women’s team," Kanitkar said of his appointment.

"I see tremendous prospects in this team and we have a good mix of youth and experience. I believe this team is ready for the challenge ahead. We have a few marquee events coming up and it is going to be exciting for the team and myself as batting coach.”

Kanitkar, who was a prominent feature in India's ODI team in the late 1990s, later coached domestic sides Goa and Tamil Nadu. More recently, Kanitkar was the coach of the India's U19 team, which won the ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup this year and part of the coaching staff under VVS Laxman on India Men's tour of New Zealand last month.

Powar, on the other hand, moves over to men's cricket as a part of the restructured model of the BCCI.

“I have had an enriching experience in my stint as Head Coach of the senior women’s team," Powar said.

"Over the years I have worked closely with some of the stalwarts of the game and upcoming talents of the country.

"With my new role at the NCA, I will be looking to take forward my experience over the years to help build talent for the future. I look forward to working in tandem with Mr. VVS Laxman for the further development of the game and bench strength.”

Powar will work alongside Laxman, who is the current head of cricket at the NCA after Rahul Dravid vacated the post to become India men's team's head coach.

"With Powar coming on board as a spin bowling coach, we are sure he will bring his expertise and experience to the National Cricket Academy," Laxman said.

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"Having worked in domestic, age-group cricket and the international circuit, I am sure he will play an active role in the betterment of the game. I look forward to working with him in his new role at the NCA."

India take on Australia in a five-match T20I series starting December 9 with matches to be played across two venues in Mumbai.

 

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