The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday appointed former Indian player Ramesh Powar as the head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team. The cricket governing body released an official statement in this regard.
As per the release, the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sulakshana Naik, Madan Lal, and RP Singh unanimously agreed on Powar’s candidature.
Career of Ramesh Powar:
Powar has represented the Men In Blue in 31 ODIs and has also made two international red-ball appearances. He has also served as the head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team in 2018. That was marred by a rift between him and senior player and skipper Mithali Raj.
Under Powar’s short stint as a coach of the Indian women’s team, Mithali and co. had qualified for the semi-final of the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup in 2018. They had bagged 14 T20I wins in a row.
He also coached the Mumbai senior team, which won the Vijay Hazare Trophy and also has experience of working at the National Cricket Academy as a bowling coach.
Powar becoming the coach:
The current ODI skipper, who has hinted that 2022 could be her final cricketing year as a player, had then accused Powar of discrimination and had wrote a letter to the BCCI. She had also mentioned instance of humiliation towards her during the World T20s in West Indies.
Powar was then selected by the Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik, who interviewed a number of candidates for the post which saw 35 applications. Besides Powar and Raman – who re-applied – the others in the fray were Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Ajay Ratra, Mamtha Maben, Devika Palshikar, former chair of selectors Hemlatha Kala, and former assistant coach Suman Sharma.
Powar is expected to meet with the five-member selection panel, led by Neetu David, on a virtual platform this week to pick the squad for India’s upcoming tour of the UK, which kicks off with a one-off Test on June 16 in Bristol.