start now for the next World Cup

Published: Monday, February 19, 2001, 18:23 [IST]
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The team left India on a high, what do you suppose went wrong?

It was a mental let down. The occasion of the World Cup should sink in very deep. It shouldn't be a surface thought. The feeling should come from the pit of the stomach.

Did the swapping of coaches affect the team in any way?

No, I think the game had to go on irrespective of these off-field activities. It, however, was a grave injustice meted out to Sudha Shah. In a way, I felt if Srirupa Bose had to be the coach then she should have been there through out. But this time around she was more flexible. Earlier (1997) she was rigid. This time she showed more flexibility and was more accessible.

What is the future for women's cricket?

Domestic set up has to be on a regular basis, irrespective of international series or not. Otherwise, things will continue in the same vein. We have to have fresh blood and induct them into pace academies and spin clinics. It all begins now (2005 World Cup).

To make a player takes a lot of time. Women's Cricket Association of India (WCAI) should chalk up a lot of planning. Four-five camps during the World Cup will not do. Let us start three to four years in advance.

Do you foresee yourself coming into the set up?

I have always done things instinctively. Nothing is planned. I am ready to contribute, provide it is a hassle free atmosphere.

I am, in any case, running a cricket camp back in Secunderabad, where I help to groom players. So I am doing my bit already.

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