The strategy and the outcomes don’t exactly line up. In India, women’s cricket has reached unprecedented heights during the last ten years. The team reached the final of the 2017 ODI World Cup in England and the final of the 2020 T20 World Cup — ending runners-up in both but it can be argued that these achievements haven’t come due to a systematic structure and evidence of that haphazard approach can be seen even now.

The first day of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 is set for February 10—just over a month from now. And the Indian team finds itself without a head coach or a bowling coach. Hrishikesh Kanitkar, who was appointed to the position on December 6, 2022, after Ramesh Powar, the former head coach, was transferred to the National Cricket Academy, offers some consolation as a batting instructor.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has not issued an application call for the position of the head coach or bowling coach in the month after Kanitkar’s appointment, nor have they nominated suitable successors. The recruiting procedure is also unknown to the Cricket Advisory Committee, which would typically review new candidates for these posts.

The Indian squad is therefore in the unfortunate situation of entering a major competition without a head coach, despite being one of the favorites for the T20 World Cup. A well-known person may be suddenly appointed to the role, but is this the proper course of action for the BCCI? Do champions train in this manner?

The Harmanpreet Kaur-led squad, which is in the midst of a training camp at the NCA and is one week away from departing on a tour to South Africa for a tri-series featuring the hosts, India, and the West Indies, must essentially sort things out on its own. Even though it could achieve it, it shouldn’t have to. Not in the modern era.

India, despite its goals, has fallen behind in this area. Australia (Shelley Nitschke), England (Jon Lewis), New Zealand (Ben Sawyer), and even Pakistan (Arshad Khan) have had regular trainers affiliated with them for a significant amount of time to prepare for the mega-event.

Ironically, the BCCI has been successful in developing a fairly organized strategy for the first U-19 women’s World Cup. The U-19 probably has been working with the same group of coaches and support personnel for the last ten months. Nooshin-Al-Khadeer was chosen as the squad’s head coach, and coaches from the same group were chosen to accompany the team to South Africa.