Mamatha Maben, who played for India from 1993 to 2005, captaining them from 2003, has been appointed coach of the China women's team following a request from the ACC to the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Ms. Maben is expected to take up her duties in mid-November to prepare her team for the ACC U-19 Women's Championship in Thailand in December.

"Each and every person, no matter what her role, is very important to the team. As a captain, I tried to motivate my team. I think that's my strength. I talk to the girls about the effects of positive thinking. I believe it makes a difference, "says Ms. Maben who has also worked for a number of years as a journalist. 

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Filed November 6, 2008