The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced the appointment of former India spinner Ramesh Powar as the head coach of India women’s cricket team. Powar’s candidature was finalised and recommended to the BCCI by a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee
The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sulakshana Naik, Madan Lal and Rudra Pratap Singh interviewed the applicants and unanimously agreed on Powar’s candidature.
NEWS: Ramesh Powar appointed Head Coach of Indian Women’s Cricket team
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A former international, Powar played 2 Tests and 31 ODIs for India. Post his playing career, he took up cricket coaching and is an ECB Level 2 certified coach and has also attended BCCI-NCA Level 2 coaching course. A former coach of the Indian Women’s Team from July-November 2018, it was under him that India qualified for the semi-final of the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup in 2018 and also won 14 T20 matches in a row.
He recently coached the Mumbai senior team that won the Vijay Hazare Trophy and has worked at the National Cricket Academy as a Bowling Coach.
On Wednesday, incumbent coach WV Raman, former coach Ramesh Powar and former India players Ajay Ratra and Hrishikhesh Kanitkar were interviewed by Madan Lal and Sulakshana Naik. The interview process was delayed as CAC member RP Singh was unable to join due to his father’s demise on Wednesday.
Female candidates Mamtha Maben, Devika Vaidya, former chairman of selectors Hemlatha Kala and former assistant coach with the team Suman Sharma were interviewed on Thursday by the CAC. WV Raman was an automatic entry among the shortlisted candidates. As many as 35 people had applied for the post of head coach after the BCCI invited applications for the job.
CAC chief Madan Lal on Wednesday had told the PTI that all four male candidates had come well-prepared. The interviews ran well past 30 minutes for each candidates with extensive discussion on creating a roadmap for next year’s ODI World Cup. Creating a pool of players for enhancing the bench strength was also among the major points of dicussion.
WV Raman took over from Ramesh Powar in 2018 and had been in charge of the team until Match 2021. Under Raman, India reached the final of the Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020 but the ODI and T20I series defeats to South Africa in March has put his position under scanner. The selectors, led by Neetu David, had urged the BCCI to think about appointing more female support staff for the women’s team.
The first assignment of the newly-appointed coach will be the England tour where India women will play a Test, 3 ODIs and as many T20Is. The one-off Test starts in Bristol on June 16. The selectors are expected to announce the squad ror the England tour in the coming days and the team is expected to fly to England along with the men’s cricket team after completing the mandatory quarantine period.