South Africa news December 13, 2012

Anjum Chopra joins SA women's management

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former India women's captain Anjum Chopra has been inducted in the management team for the South African women's side, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced. Chopra will play a technical advisory role in the squad ahead of the upcoming ICC Women's World Cup in India.

Chopra will assist the team in the areas of mental training and computer-aided analysis and will report directly to the newly-appointed head coach, Hilton Moreeng. Her first assignment will be the upcoming five-match ODI series in the West Indies.

"The availability of Anjum Chopra to work within the space of South African women's cricket should close the gap in the international experience between South Africa and the rest of the top women cricketing nations," Max Jordaan, CSA's manager of women's and senior cricket, said.

"The recent performances of the Proteas at the ICC Women T20 highlighted this shortcoming. We believe that the wealth of on-field cricket experience, leadership and business acumen elevates Anjum as the ideal person to lead our team into the semi-finals at the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in India."

Chopra, who represented India for 17 years, was the first women cricketer to appear in 100 ODIs. She played 127 ODIs in all, scoring 2856 runs at an average of 31.38. She is currently a cricket commentator, business coach, author and motivational speaker.