Former versatile batting player from India Gargi Banerjee has been appointed India’s team manager for the upcoming Australian tour. Banerjee, 60, replaces Rajkuvardevi Gaekwad, the former president of Baroda’s women’s selection panel who had succeeded long-time manager Trupti Bhattacharya for the tour of England in June-July.
One of the pioneering figures of Bengal women’s cricket, Banerjee played 12 tests and 26 ODIs for India, between 1978 and 1991, and went on to serve as the women’s national coach. She is currently a member of the Cricket Association of Bengal Apex Council and will join the Indian contingent in Bengaluru on Sunday evening.
Among a series of changes to support staff for Australia tour, ESPNcricinfo includes field coach Abhay sharma was replaced despite receive praise from several Indian players during the English series, including the captain of the T20I Harmanpreet Kaur. Sharma, it is learned, took on the role of field coach at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and her post in the Indian team was taken over by Subhadep Gosh.
Former Railways and Assam player Ghosh will travel to Australia and has already entered the current pre-tour camp in Bengaluru, where a group of 30 probable met on August 10, with the last member of the One hundred quintet is expected to join by Aug. 22 to complete the pool of 35.
Batting coach Shiv Sunder Das, meanwhile, retained his post in the support staff, having been engaged for the mission against England on a turn-based basis.
While the BCCI has not released any official word on the camp or the reshuffle of support staff, a small Indian team out of the likely 35 is expected to be announced on Wednesday. The expanded squad, under the supervision of head coach Ramesh Powar, have reportedly undergone several simulation-match sessions since leaving a six-day quarantine early last week.
The Indian team is due to fly on August 29 and will serve a 14-day quarantine upon landing in Australia. The tour includes three ODIs, starting with one at the North Sydney Oval on September 19, followed by those at the Junction Oval on September 22-24, before the caravan heads to Perth for the test day- autonomous night, scheduled for September 30. The tour will end with the T20Is at the North Sydney Oval on October 7, 9 and 11, with Australia then preparing to take a break for the WBBL, which is should also have Indian representation.