India Women’s head coach Purnima Rau and assistant coach Suman Sharma have been sacked from their role, two months ahead of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in the United Kingdom.
Tushar Arothe, the former Baroda batsman, will take over from Rau. India are scheduled to play a quadrangular series in South Africa against the hosts, Ireland and Zimbabwe in May ahead of the World Cup.
Rau was appointed as the head coach in 2014 but was relieved of her duties after India crashed out of the World T20 in Bangladesh. Sudha Shah, the current South Zone selector, was handed the reins before Rau took charge again in 2015. She was at the helm of affairs when the team beat Australia 2-1 in the T20I series in early 2016 and lifted the Asia Cup in Thailand later that year. Under Rau, India went on to win the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier earlier this year in Sri Lanka by beating South Africa in a final-ball thriller in the finale.
Allrounder Rau represented India in five Test and 33 One-Day Internationals, picking up 15 and 50 wickets respectively. She scored 123 runs in Tests and accumulated 516 runs in ODIs at an average of 21.50.
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