Mithali Raj added it is important that India Women have at least a little more than what they had at ICC Women's World Cup 2016 © PTI
Mithali Raj (above) added it is important that India Women have at least a little more than what they had at ICC Women’s World Cup 2016 © PTI

India Women skipper Mithali Raj feels that her team needs a fielding coach. This should be over and above the current support staff for the Indian team. According to Raj, Indian Women team’s fielding abilities will get better and there can in fact be drastic improvements if they get a full time coach for fielding. According to the 33-year-old, it is critical that India receives the services of a few more experts particularly in the fielding department. This will help the team immensely. Raj’s concerns are real. Indian team’s overall fielding performance was not up to the mark in ICC Women’s World T20 2016. READ: BCCI allows Indian Women cricketers to play in WBBL, WSL

In a conversation with Cricbuzz, Raj said, “Going by what we had for the World Twenty20, I think we definitely need a fielding coach. A fielding coach or an assistant coach depending on what the BCCI decides. It is important that we have at least a little more than what we had at the World Cup. We can work hugely on our fielding department.” T20 Women’s World Cup 2016: Mithali Raj dodges questions on her form after India’s exit from tournament

Talking about the team’s schedule she said, “I definitely wouldn’t want to be packed for ten months but yes, I think we need to have more series in the year, rather than the existing two or three. And it should be spaced out well. It shouldn’t be like what we have now a long off and then we’re playing series back to back. It should be spaced out in such a way that the players get enough time to prepare between the series.” R Sridhar: MS Dhoni’s advice lead India Women to historic victory vs Australia Women

Raj had the following to say about the Under-23 camp, “The best part is the announcement for the U23 camp, because, if you see, after the U19 level, the girls straightaway jump into the senior level. The U23 gives them a platform for another four years to gradually progress to the senior team. So I think that is one thing very well initiated by the BCCI. We have few girls who fall in that category. They might be extremely talented but a U23 camp will help them hone their skills better and opens up more opportunities for them.”