Sudha Shah dealt a cruel hand

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Thursday, November 23, 2000, 13:45 [IST]
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Beyond words! Is the only description that comes to one's mind on the latest development that has come about in the Indian women's cricket scene. Can you imagine that the Indian coach who slogged herself out for the past six months in an effort to prune and fine tune the Indian women's team is now being superceded, at the very last moment. Boy! It can't get any better than that.

Yes, Sudha Shah has been relegated to the backstage while the erstwhile coach Srirupa Bose walks in to take the center stage. Well, conventional wisdom dictates that this is not a move taken in the genuine interest of the team (as being described by Women's Cricket Association of India) but voice of reason has it that this is a move which is filled with the stench of foul play.

Srirupa Bose, who now has been handed the number one slot by the WCAI on the eve of the team's departure to New Zealand and was nowhere in the scene, at least one were fooled into believing so, has now landed herself with a plum post and at what expense? Well, at the expense of another person's sense of being.

It was known all along that Srirupa Bose was Anuradha Dutt's brain box but something as sinister as this would be contrived is hard to comprehend. The reason given by WCAI is that Srirupa's expertise is an added benefit for the team. If that was the case why was she not handed the team in the first place? Why was her expertise not called upon during the preparation period?

Is it because they were so dumb that it did not strike them or they were so smart that they handed over the donkey's job to a supposedly scapegoat and then when the time came they made way for the queen? Well, one would be forced to hold the latter to be true.

It defies logic as to how a team that has gone through the drill for six months under a particular coach could now adjust itself to the mindset of another. If anything it could cause confusion in the minds of the players, unless and until the two coaches conduct as one. Yes, one agrees that it is possible for two people to work as one but there is no doubt that we are dealing with hurt feelings over here, which is pretty hard to be done away in a hurry.

Anyhow for the sake and cause of the Indian women's team one hopes that this seemingly selfish decision will not affect the mental setup of the team in their bid to lift the cup.

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