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Devika joins as assistant coach of Bangladesh women’s team

Update : 11 Apr 2018, 08:28 PM
India’s Devika Palshikar has been recruited as the assistant coach for the Bangladesh women’s cricket team. Bangladesh will start their training camp at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Thursday, ahead of their South Africa tour. A total of 30 cricketers have been called up to the camp. Devika will work alongside national team head coach David Capel. The women in red and green are scheduled to leave Dhaka on April 28 for the tour of South Africa. Bangladesh are scheduled play five ODIs and three T20Is against the South Africans. Bangladesh’s tour of South Africa is part of the BCB’s long-term plan to get the women ready for the 2018 World T20 qualifier, slated for the Netherlands in July. “I have seen Bangladesh team in the last six or seven years. I feel they do have energy and enthusiasm to perform well. I think they are lacking a little bit of technical things. Maybe more team work is needed to achieve success in the next level. So few things need to improve a little bit. Otherwise the performances in the last six, seven years are impressive,” said Devika to the media during her first press conference after being recruited at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Wednesday. “In India, I have worked with all three departments like batting, bowling and fielding. There is a head coach here. Whatever the head coach demands or players need, I will definitely try my best to help the players in every department. “Obviously players need to work on their fitness as it is one of the basic things in the game. To clear the 30-yard circle convincingly and become a power hitter, you have to be fit as a cricketer. So players need to work with their fitness,” she added.

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Devika has signed a contract till December this year and the newly-recruited assistant coach believes she will get enough time to make an impact on the team. “If I understand the players, then time is not a factor. But they have to understand the process well. If they are ready to improve their performance then I believe improvement can be made within limited time,” she explained. “I can’t say any comment about the results. Cricket is an uncertain game. We have to focus on proper process. If the process is right then the result will automatically come. So I hope players will follow the process accordingly to achieve more success in international level.” The Bangladesh women have to qualify for the World T20, scheduled to take place in the West Indies in November this year. Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, the Netherlands, Uganda, Thailand and the UAE are the participating teams in the World T20 qualifier. The new assistant coach said their main focus will be the World T20 qualifier and all the four series before the qualifier will be considered as preparation for the mega event. “We have to play World T20 qualifier. Our target is to play in World T20 in November. So we will focus on T20Is. Before the World T20 we will play four tournaments. So every tournament is a step for us before the World T20. And the next series against South Africa is our first step. We will concentrate on series by series but definitely our main focus will be the World T20 in November,” she concluded. The 38-year old Devika, hailing from Maharashtha, has played 15 ODIs and one Test match for India from 2006 to 2008. After pursuing coaching career, she became the assistant coach of India in 2014 for two years. She was also the coach of Assam Mumbai and Goa team and have nine years of coaching experience.
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