Bangalore: Mamatha Maben, the former India women's cricket team captain, will coach the Chinese women's side in the lead-up for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, which includes cricket among the 41 sports to be played.
"I will be handling their senior women's team as well as the age-groups. It is also time to move on as I have been playing cricket for about 20 years." said Mamata.
Maben's first assignment will be the Asian Cricket Council's Under-19 Women's Championship in Thailand in December. "Each and every person, no matter what her role, is very important to the team. As a captain, I tried to motivate my team. I think that's my strength. I talk to the girls about the effects of positive thinking. I believe it makes a difference."
Mamatha Maben had played for India from 1993 to 2005. She played 4 women test matches and 40 ODI mathcehs. Mamata was a member of the Indian team that travelled to England in 1993 for the World Cup. Since then, however, Maben was unable to find a place in the Indian team, until the 2001-02 England tour of India.
Maben suffered a serious setback in 2000 when she dislocated her shoulder on the opening day of the Rani Jhansi Trophy, women's cricket's premier domestic tournament. She seriously considered quitting the game altogether but stayed in touch as a journalist.
The domestic season of 2001, however, saw her stage a strong comeback, scoring consistently throughout the year. Maben was rewarded by selection for the Indian team. Scoring a half-century in just the third game after her comeback, she justified her selection.
Mamatha Maben who hails from Bangalore has also worked as a sub-editor for OneIndia's sub-portal thatscricket .
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