India women's cricket team head coach Ramesh Powar on Saturday (June 18) expressed his keenness to form a strong squad that can play in all conditions to relish the dream of winning an elusive World Cup title.
In the last five years, the Indian women’s team came to winning a world title twice – 2017 ODI World Cup in England and 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia – but failed to cross the final hurdle on both occasions against the host nations.
"We are trying to work on our fielding, fitness and take our players to the next level, so that is the immediate goal what we are trying to achieve."
"Yes, moving forward you want to win World Cups, but it is important you build a squad which can compete in every condition and against every opponent . So this is what we are working on," Powar said at the pre-departure press conference ahead of the team's tour of Sri Lanka.
"We are looking at consistency, we are looking at winning habit and for that I think we all came together as captain, coach, vice-captain and we already have spoken with the BCCI. We have spoken with VVS Laxman, the head of cricket and there has been few things going on," he added.
India will be participating in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where women's cricket will feature in T20 format.
Powar made it clear that the performances in the upcoming Sri Lanka tour will be taken into account while picking the team for the Commonwealth Games.
"We will freeze down to a combination of eleven which will take part in the Commonwealth (Games), so we are confident of walking into the tournament and players will be confident that they are going to play the first game," he said.
The former India spinner also informed that all-rounder Sneh Rana was rested from the Sri Lanka tour to manage her workload.
"Sneh has been rested for this series and she is in the NCA working on her fitness. Moving forward, the FTP that we have, there are about 20-25 T20 games and we want our players fresh for all the series."
"We want to manage the workload of the bowling unit as well as the batting unit. We are trying to balance it out. As of now, she is being rested and is working on her fitness," he said.
The Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian team is due to play three ODIs and as many T20s in Sri Lanka.
(With PTI inputs)