Maria Fahey, former Kiwi women cricketer, has been roped in to train the budding women cricketers at the Andhra Cricket Association Women Cricket Academy in Guntur.
Maria, who had played 52 ODIs representing New Zealand women cricket team during 2003-2011, has signed a contract for 36 months and would be staying at the Women Cricket Academy grounds on the premises of JKC College here.
“I am excited to train the girls here and I would be motivating them to improve their fitness levels. There is a room for improvement,'' Maria said at a media conference.
To start with, the women probables would be trained for a period of four weeks in all formats of the game under Maria. ACA women academy chairman J. Narendranath said that this was the first time that the international coach has been roped in to train the women cricketers and hoped that the girls would get the best out of the experience.
Director, ACA Operations, MSK Prasad said that the women cricket team has been making great strides by winning Under-19 South Zone Championship in 2011 and U-16 Championship in 2010.
The ACA Women Cricket Academy is poised for a greater lift as the BCCI has been toying with the idea of shifting the operational base of BCCI Women Cricket wing to Guntur.
In Guntur, the ACA is keen to start a summer coaching camp at Chimnayananda School in SVN Colony. To begin with, the camp would commence at Don Bosco School at Chandramouli Nagar and SGVR High School at Perecharla.