Ramesh Powar, the former coach of Indian Women’s Cricket Team, whose term as the Head Coach of India team ended on November 30, on Tuesday, after the World T20; has reapplied for the job after getting strong support from India T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and the vice-captain Smriti Mandhana.
The former India spinner Ramesh Powar recently confirmed to PTI about his application.
“Yes, I have applied this evening because Smriti (Mandhana), Harmanpreet (Kaur) have supported me and I can’t let them (the girls) down by not applying,” said Powar.
The 40-year-old Ramesh Powar’s stint with the Indian Women’s Team after their shocking loss to England by eight wickets in the semifinals of the World T20 in November. The team management including coach Ramesh Powar, captain Harmanpreet Kaur, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and the selector Sudha Shah decided to drop the senior most player Mithali Raj for the all-important knock-out game which created a massive controversy.
“I can’t let the girls down, especially Harman, Smriti for showing the support for the hard work we put together for three months,” Powar told ESPNcricinfo.
“Whatever happens next is not in my control. Their backing gives you that much satisfaction that they recognise your hard work, their own hard work, the hard work we put together to qualify [for the World T20 semi-finals] after eight years, winning 14 games in a row, no matter whether it was beating Australia A or beating Australia. I thought about it for a week, discussed it with my friends and family. I felt I should do what’s in my control – to reapply – especially to respect their support and the hard work we put in together in such a short time which took us to the semis,” he further added.
Ramesh Powar was appointed in August after Tushar Arothe’s sudden resignation regarding the differences with the senior players over training methods. Under Powar’s coaching, India lost only 2 matches out of 13 matches including ODIs and T20Is within this three months.
Upon returning, Mithali Raj wrote to the Board about this, accusing Powar and Edulji of trying to destroy her and being biased against her.
“with Diana turning against me publicly and with the coach’s unjust behaviour, I feel utterly dejected and depressed.” according to India Today.
On the other hand, Powar accused Mithali that she threatens him to retire in the midway into the World T20 when she was not given the opening slot. Moreover, Powar added that he hoped Mithali stops blackmailing and pressurizing coaches & also stops putting her interest first then team’s. He expressed that he always found Mithali “aloof and difficult to handle“.
Though Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have already written to the board, seeking Powar’s extension; while Mithali Raj is against with this. Moreover, CoA Chief Vinod Rai has Rejected Diana Edulji’s request to extend Ramesh Powar’s contract, where Edulji requested to keep Powar as the coach till New Zealand tour in next January.
Following the controversy, the board decided to invite fresh applications for the post and the application will be open for December 14. Manoj Prabhakar, Herschelle Gibbs, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Owais Shah, Ramesh Powar are among the applicants.
The BCCI has formed a new ad-hoc committee to finalize Indian Women’s Cricket Coach. The new committee is comprised of former India cricketers like Shantha Rangaswamy, Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad. They will select the new Head Coach for the Indian women’s cricket team; while the Cricket Advisory Committee decided not to interfere. On December 20, the three-member panel are set to take interviews of the fresh applicants at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.