Anjum Chopra joins South African women squad as technical advisor

Anjum Chopra s immediate assignment would be the upcoming five-match One-Day International (ODI) series in West Indies in early January Getty Images

Johannesburg: Dec 13, 2012

Former Indian women s captain Anjum Chopra has been roped in by Cricket South Africa (CSA) as a technical advisor for the South Africa women’s squad.

Chopra, a reputed name in world cricket, represented India for 17 years, and also a veteran of six world cups.

The key responsibilities for the former Indian cricketer would include mental training, computer assisted player and match analysis as well programme and visual training, revealed Cricket South Africa s official website.

Her immediate assignment would be the upcoming five-match One-Day International (ODI) series in West Indies in early January. Anjum will start working with the South African squad at the High Performance Centre in Hatfield starting next weekend. She would assist Hilton Moreeng, the head coach of the national team.

CSA feels the wealth of experience of Anjum, who led India to its first ever Test series win on foreign soil, would be valuable in major international tournaments.

Max Jordaan, the manager of Women’s and Senior Cricket at CSA said, “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.

“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.”