China November 7, 2008

Maben to coach China

Mamatha Maben, the former India women's 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

Mamatha Maben, the former India women's 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 have just got the contract and I will leave in probably ten days' time," Maben, a qualified Level 1 coach, told the Hindu. "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."

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." Maben has also worked as a journalist in the past.

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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