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. "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.
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