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Former Indian cricketer appointed Head Coach of an Irish cricket club

DUBLIN: Former Indian cricketer Anju Jain is set to arrive in Ireland for a coaching role. The former team wicket-keeper has been appointed Head Coach of Clontarf Cricket Club in Dublin.

“Starting this season, she will be the Director of Coaching for the whole club, Men’s Ist XI, women and youth teams”, said Barry Chambers, former Ireland Media Manager and current editor of Cricket Europe.

Anju Jain represented India in Women’s Test cricket (8 matches between 1995 and 2003) and One-Day International (65 matches between 1993 and 2005).

The Right-hand batswoman also captained the Indian team in eight ODI matches and is the only player to have played in four World Cups in a row.

Anju, 46, is a coach with the equivalent of the ECB Level 3 qualification and significant experience at the state and international levels, as well as in development roles. She previously coached the women’s teams of India and Bangladesh.

“She will be a fantastic role model for all of our youth players and will continue on the excellent work done by Isobel (who will remain on the coaching team at Clontarf) over the past few years”, said Cricket Chairman Connor D’Arcy.

Anju was named the best sportsperson of the year in 2005, as she received the Arjuna Award from then-Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam for her achievements.

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