New Delhi: Former spinner Ramesh Powar was appointed the head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team on Thursday, replacing WV Raman. Powar has played this role with the team earlier as well, but was suspended after a dispute with senior player Mithali Raj after the 2018 T20 World Cup.
Powar becomes coach
The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), headed by former Indian player Madan Lal, recommended the name of Powers (Ramesh Powar) after interviewing eight candidates in addition to current coach WV Raman for the post. In a statement released from the BCCI, it said, ‘BCCI announces the appointment of Ramesh Powar as the head coach of the Indian team. The BCCI had advertised for this post and received more than 35 applications.
Let me tell you that, besides Powar (Ramesh Powar) and Raman, five women candidates including former India wicketkeeper Ajay Ratra and former chief selector Hemlata Kala were in the race for this post. After being appointed as the coach of the team, Powar tweeted, ‘I am ready to take the Indian cricket team forward. Thanks to CAC and BCCI for this opportunity.
There was a dispute with Mithali
It has to be seen how Pawar interacts with Mithali Raj. Mithali accused Powar of exiting the World Cup (2018) semi-final against England from the Harmanpreet Kaur-led T20 team. Mithali had written a letter to the BCCI, accusing Powar of ‘doing this to end my career and humiliate me’. Powar retaliated by saying, “Mithali shows a lot of tantrums and creates controversy in the team.”
Powar proved himself
Powar proved himself as a coach after he was relieved of the responsibility of the women’s team and the Mumbai team, which had failed badly in the Vijay Hazare Trophy earlier this year, were given a chance by Syed Mushtaq Ali T 20 played an important role in becoming the champion of the competition. When Madan Lal was asked about Powar’s poor relationship and his removal from the team, he said, “We asked him about it and he said that it was not his fault.” He is ready to work with all the players.
Please tell that under his supervision the team reached the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup and in the same year the team won 14 T20 matches in a row. The team reached the final of the T20 World Cup last year under the supervision of former Indian batsman Raman. In March this year, he had to bear the brunt of losing the ODI and T20 series against the South African team at home.