The BCCI has named veteran Indian domestic cricketer Amol Muzumdar the Indian women’s cricket team’s new head coach. The BCCI announced this on October 25, 2023. Muzumdar, a right-handed batter who was born on November 11, 1974, had a stunning career in first-class cricket, scoring 11,167 runs in 171 matches as well.
Because cricketing greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman were there during his heyday, he was never chosen to play for the Indian national side, despite having an outstanding record.
Amol Muzumdar has had an equally impressive coaching career. He was the batting coach for the Rajasthan Royals and even filled in for the South African cricket team during their tour of India in an interim capacity. He was the Mumbai squad’s head coach before being named head coach of the senior women’s team.
His coaching experience also extends to the India Under-19 and Under-23 cricket teams, and he has worked as a batting consultant for the Netherlands cricket team.
However, BCCI confirmed the appointment in a statement released on their official website as well.
“The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Ms. Sulakshana Naik, Mr. Ashok Malhotra, and Mr. Jatin Paranjape, interviewed the shortlisted applicants for the position of Head Coach – Team India (Senior Women). After thorough and thoughtful deliberation, the three-member committee unanimously recommended Mr. Amol Muzumdar to take over the role. The BCCI confirms the appointment of Mr. Amol Muzumdar as the new Head Coach of Team India (Senior Women),” read the statement from BCCI.
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Mr Amol Muzumdar Appointed as Head Coach – Team India (Senior Women).
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) October 25, 2023
“I am deeply honoured and privileged” – Amol Muzumdar
Amol Muzumdar expressed his profound gratitude and privilege for landing the part. The former captain of Mumbai stated that he hopes to collaborate closely with the team because the next two years would be critical for them because they have two World Cups scheduled.
“I am deeply honoured and privileged to be appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team. I thank the CAC and the BCCI for placing their trust in me and believing in my vision and the roadmap for Team India. This is a huge responsibility and I look forward to working closely with talented players and providing them with the right preparation and guidance to excel.
The next two years are extremely important as two World Cups are scheduled in the period. Together with the coaching and support staff, we will look to tick every box and give ourselves the best chance to succeed,” he stated.
It will be intriguing to watch how his extensive background and understanding of the game affect and mould women’s cricket in India going forward.