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Nira becomes first lady coach

Nira Rajopadhyaya, former skipper and regular team member of the national women’s team became the first lady coach in the history of Nepali Cricket. She got this recognition after her team Region No 3 Kathmandu played a match against Region No 2 Birgunj in the Wai-Wai U-19 Women’s National Cricket Tournament in TU Stadium. Nira has been in the national team since 2007 when women’s team was formed for the ACC Women’s Tournament that was held in Malaysia. Asked on taking new responsibility as a coach, Nira said: “I took up coaching because I want to remain involved in cricket even after I retire.” Retirement, however, is not what the veteran cricketer is thinking right now. “First of all I am a player and will continue to play as long as I can” said Nira who was appointed the skipper of national team for 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games cricket. She, however, gave up the captaincy from team’s next assignment. Nira was asked to guide Kathmandu team for junior level tournaments. Nira has been coaching U-12 kids every Saturday under the NCA U-12 Youth Programme and she finally got an official tournament to begin with. Her appointment as the job of the coach was confirmed just four days before the start of the U-19 tournament. “I was informed about the job in the very last moment. I am happy to be the coach of a team. It feels proud,” she added.

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