Shanta Rangaswamy has always spoken her mind. The former India women’s cricket team captain, now entrusted with the task of being the chairman of the women’s selection committee, admitted that ‘talent has to be harnessed’ as the team’s ‘performance has slipped.’
Looking ahead, Shanta said: “It is a big challenge, the performance (of the team) has obviously slipped and that is a surprise because the BCCI has come in and has offered facilities. We finished runner-up in the 2005 World Cup and in 2012 we didn’t even qualify.
“I want to get to the root-cause of this (lack of performance) and if I could identify that then I could also implement remedial measures and I am not talking just as a selector but also as a well-wisher of women’s cricket.
“I could then point out what needs to be done to the BCCI.”
Having been associated with the game, first as a player and then as a coach and selector, Shanta felt that her return to the cricket-administrative fold was inevitable.
“I have been associated with the women’s team as chairman of selectors for three to four years but this was before the BCCI came in. And then I coached the team during the Asia Cup and against England but I could not devote all my time (to that role) there as I also had to focus on my career (with Canara Bank). “Now anyway I will be relieved of my duties at the Bank in December and so I can focus on improving the state of women’s cricket in the country,” Shanta said.