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File Photo: Shiv Sunder Das in 2002.

File Photo: Shiv Sunder Das in 2002.

Shiv Sunder Das has been appointed as the batting coach of the Indian women's team. The former India opener, a known hand in India's women's cricket set-up, was a last minute pick and was learnt to have been recommended by Indian Cricket head Rahul Dravid. The 43-year-old Das will now travel to England where the women's team will play one Test, three ODIs and as many Twenty20 Internationals.

Das, who was attached to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore, had been associated with the women's cricket as the head coach of the India A and Emerging women's sides and had toured Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Australia in 2019-2020. Many members of the current side, including Priya Punia, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues and Shafali Verma had played under him in these tours.

Cricbuzz understands the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which finalized the head coach (Ramesh Powar) for the women's team only recently, picked the rest of the support staff on Monday (May 17). Abhay Sharma, who had previously travelled with the women's team, stays as the fielding coach. Rajkuvardevi Gaikwad, former Chief Selector of Baroda, has been made manager of the side.

Cricbuzz understands former bowling coach Narendra Hirwani is not travelling with the side, understandably because head coach Powar himself is capable of handling that department. Given the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) request to keep the size of the contingent to under 30, the BCCI is not sending a large contingent. All the members of the touring party have been asked to assemble in Mumbai by Thursday (May 20). They will fly to England with the men's team on June 2 after two-week quarantine.

Charter flights to transport men's team to Mumbai

Meanwhile, the BCCI has arranged charters to fly in members of the England-bound men's squad to Mumbai for the mandatory quarantine. Keeping in mind the health hazards, two charters will be kept ready in Delhi and Chennai on Wednesday morning and the players have been told to reach the nearest pick-up points - Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad.

The players in Bangalore have been told to drive down to Chennai from where the flight will leave for Hyderabad before reaching Mumbai. The Delhi charter will directly land in Mumbai and the quarantine will start straight away. Those in Mumbai will join the rest on May 24 after a few days home quarantine.

There is no charter from Kolkata and Wriddhiman Saha, who flew home in Bengal only on Monday after completing quarantine in Delhi, will take a commercial flight a few days later. The Sunrisers Hyderabad player, who had tested positive during IPL, is expected to arrive in Mumbai by May 24.

The BCCI has been informed that the men's team, expected to fly to England on June 2, will have to have undergo a few days of strict hard quarantine after which they will undergo more liberal soft quarantine, an exercise that will allow them to assemble and practice in Southampton, where the side plays the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand from June 18.