Former NCA spin coach Hirwani to work with Indian women’s team

Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur had expressed the need for a spin coach keeping spinners Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht and Deepti Sharma in mind.

Hirwani

Hirwani, who played 17 Tests and 18 ODIs for India, will travel with the team on select assignments starting with the home series against South Africa in September.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Former India international and National Cricket Academy (NCA) spin coach Narendra Hirwani is set to work as a consultant with the country’s women’s team.

It has been learnt that Hirwani, who played 17 Tests and 18 ODIs for India, will travel with the team on select assignments starting with the home series against South Africa in September.

India’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur had recently expressed the need for a spin coach considering the team is full of spinners, including Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht and Deepti Sharma.

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“It is not a full-time role since he is busy at the National Cricket Academy. He will travel with the team on and off. He also worked with them briefly during the team’s recent camp at NCA,” a BCCI official told PTI on Thursday.

The team doesn’t need a batting coach with head coach and former India batsman W V Raman in charge but it could do with a fast bowling coach.

“Like the men’s team, there should be a dedicated support staff for the women’s team,” a source close to the side said.

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India, which has lost its last six T20s, has begun preparations for the T20 World Cup in Australia in February-March next year.

The team has not played international cricket since March and will be seen next in national colours in the limited-overs home series against South Africa.