Former Mumbai batter Amol Muzumdar has been appointed as the new head coach of India women’s national team, the BCCI confirmed on Wednesday.
Muzumdar’s appointment was made by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sulakshana Naik, Ashok Malhotra and Jatin Paranjape, who were unanimous in their recommendation of the 48-year-old for the role.
A domestic titan, Muzumdar scored over 11,000 first-class runs in 171 matches including 30 centuries during his 21-year impressive career. He also featured in over 100 List A games and 14 T20 matches. He won several Ranji Trophy titles with Mumbai and later represented Assam and Andhra Pradesh.
“This is a huge responsibility and I look forward to working closely with talented players and providing them with the right preparation and guidance to excel,” Muzumdar said in a statement, issued by the BCCI.
“The next two years are extremely important as two World Cups are scheduled in the period. Together with the coaching and support staff, we will look to tick every box and give ourselves the best chance to succeed,” he added.
Incidentally, the position had been vacant since December 2022, when Ramesh Powar was abruptly removed as part of BCCI’s “restructuring module” two months ahead of the T20 World Cup in South Africa.
“I thank the CAC for conducting a thorough evaluation and selection process to identify the new Head Coach for our national team and I congratulate Amol Muzumdar on his appointment. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise and possesses a keen understanding of the modern game,” said BCCI Secretary Jay Shah.
“The BCCI is strongly committed to women’s cricket and will continue to provide an environment necessary for the team to excel both on and off the field. The Board will fully support Muzumdar and work closely with him to help our players reach their full potential,” he added.
The 48-year-old Muzumdar has been an active coach since he called time on a 21-year first-class career. After his retirement, he has coached age-group sides at the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy and has been at the helm for Mumbai as well.
He was also part of the coaching staff at Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and with South Africa during their tour of India in 2019.
“I welcome the appointment of Amol Muzumdar as the Head Coach of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team. I am confident that under his tenure, the team will continue to rise and perform well across different formats of the game. The team has consistently delivered impressive performances in bilateral and multi-nation events, and I am certain our players will benefit immensely under Muzumdar’s guidance and roadmap,” said Roger Binny, President, BCCI.