Troy Cooley from Australia has joined the Indian women’s squad as its bowling coach ahead of the tri-series, which begins on Thursday and acts as practice for the T20 World Cup from February 10 to 26. The tri-series is being played in South Africa. India’s tri-series campaign gets underway in East London against South Africa. The other team in the series is in West Indies.

Currently, the women’s team does not have a head coach since batting coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar is handling more duties. The 57-year-old has been working with the Indian bowlers since coming to South Africa, according to captain Harmanpreet Kaur, even though the Indian cricket body (BCCI) has not made an official declaration. Just one month before, Harmanpreet had said that they were without a bowling coach.

In November 2021, Cooley was hired to be the fast-bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. Cooley is a competent coach. At the National Cricket Academy, he has instructed us previously. He has a lot to offer the group. Since he arrived in South Africa, he has been doing fantastic work with the team. He is overjoyed to be a part of the group. At a news conference on Wednesday, Harmanpreet remarked, “The bowlers are working hard under him.

Despite India’s 1-4 home loss against Australia last month, Harmanpreet feels optimistic about the team’s prospects in the tri-series. Since they are both members of the Indian side competing in the maiden U-19 World Cup in South Africa, opener Shafali Verma and wicketkeeper-bat Richa Ghosh are unavailable for this series.

“The squad is improving quickly. Australia won the series, but the squad performed well. We have talented players who can do well even without Shafali and Richa,” she remarked.

The broadcasting rights for the next Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) were awarded to Viacom 18 for the staggering figure of 951 crores for five years, which thrilled the India skipper as well.

“It’s a big jump. The BCCI has done a fine job in promoting women’s cricket and getting it on such a platform. I feel lucky to be part of a generation that would be playing in the league,” she said.