Former White Fern Maria Lankeshwar to coach Canterbury Magicians women's cricket team

Maria Lankeshwar, a former White Ferns all-rounder, is the new Canterbury Magicians coach.
Matthew Lewis

Maria Lankeshwar, a former White Ferns all-rounder, is the new Canterbury Magicians coach.

Former White Fern Maria Lankeshwar will coach the Canterbury Magicians women's cricket team for the next two seasons.

Timaru-born Lankeswhar - formerly Maria Fahey - played two tests, 54 one-day internationals and eight T-20 games for the White Ferns between 2003 and 2010.

She retired from first-class cricket in 2011 and has spent almost five years coaching in Andhra Pradesh, India where she developed coaching programmes from scratch for under-age teams through to domestic cricket level.

Maria Lankeshwar in her final season with the White Ferns in 2010.
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Maria Lankeshwar in her final season with the White Ferns in 2010.

Lankeshwar has also coached at the Sydenham Cricket Club on visits home from India.

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Canterbury Cricket's director of cricket Gary Stead - who coached Lankeshwar during her Canterbury Magicians and White Ferns careers - hailed her return.

Canterbury heroes Philippa Gerrish and Maria Lankeshwar (R) celebrate hitting Auckland out of the park in the 2005 final.
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Canterbury heroes Philippa Gerrish and Maria Lankeshwar (R) celebrate hitting Auckland out of the park in the 2005 final.

"It is fantastic to welcome Maria back into the Canterbury and Magicians family," he said.

"Maria will be aiming to maintain the very proud record that Canterbury has in the women's game as well as looking for opportunities where we can promote and grow our base of players.

"It is great that someone like Maria has successfully transitioned from a playing career into a coaching career and I am sure she will be a big gain for women's cricket in New Zealand."

Lankeshwar, a right-arm offbreak bowler, was a left-handed batsman with a highest ODI score of 91.

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