Mamatha Maben is an Indian Cricketer who has played 4 Test Matches and 40 ODI's including the 1993 Women's Cricket World Cup in England. In her prodigious Cricket Career spanning over 22 seasons, Mamatha has contributed a lot to Indian Women's Cricket. Her contribution's were not just limited to India, she went on to become the Head Coach for Chinese National Women's Cricket Team. Later she was appointed as the Head Coach for Bangladesh Women's National Cricket Team. She also served as Technical advisor for them. In an Interview with Vishal Yadav, Mamatha shares her Cricket journey and the challenges she faced while coaching Chinese National Cricket Team. Also she has an advice for all the Women Cricketers around the World. Global Cricket Community would like to thank you for inspiring and becoming a role model for Women Cricketers.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Mamatha Maben
Date of Birth: 15-11-70
Playing Role: All-rounder
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan?
Currently just quit a non-cricket job. So right now just at home.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket?
No. I played cricket for about 22 seasons, from 1987-2009.
4. Where are you working currently? Share your work experiences that you had so far.
I have worked in quite a few places. With regards to cricket as a cricket coach; first as a head coach of the Chinese National team (women), then as Head coach as Bangladesh women’s team. Had one stint as Technical Advisor of Bangladesh women’s team. My last stint as a coach was as the Head coach of the Rajasthan women’s team.
Apart from cricket, worked in Indian Railways as a clerk, was on a contract with Air India, was a journalist for a while with Asian Age and then later with Indiainfo.com. Just recently was employed with Wassup Just Laundry as Retail Head.
5. Tell us about your experience working with China Women's National Team as their coach?
To begin with it was enriching, as it was a totally new culture and language to get used to. Most importantly, the task of preparing a very raw side for international matches in a very short time was highly challenging.
So it taught me a lot both on and off the field. The task of communicating to students who understood only Chinese was the initial challenge. Later on things like lack of match exposure, lack of turf wicket all added to the challenge.
Overall it was a satisfying experience.
6. Any recent achievements / activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
7. Would you like to continue Coaching and contributing to Women's Cricket?
Yeah in some way. Given the opportunity would love to.
Do you want to travel any other country for the same (if Yes, please mention the name)?
As of now due to my mother, I have decided to stay put in Bangalore. So not immediately at least.
8. What are the challenges you faced while working in China? If any, how did you overcome those challenges?
Language, food, lack of proper cricketing facilities (mainly turf wickets).
Eventually did overcome them with a lot of effort and hard work.
9. One message that you would like to convey to all the Women Cricketers looking to make a career in Cricket, and who find it difficult to be self motivated?
If at all there was a time to make a career in cricket, it is now.
Even otherwise its only a burning passion for the game that will take us through.
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