Ramesh Powar who was appointed as interim coach of the Indian Women’s Team in July has been awarded an extension till 30 November 2018. Due to a time crunch in appointing a new coach, the former India off-spinner will travel with the team to Sri Lanka in September for an ODI and T20 series and the T20 World Cup in West Indies in November.

With the team departing to Sri Lanka on September 5, Powar’s extension was the most feasible move. Especially with lack of clarity regarding the Supreme Court mandated Cricket Advisory Committee’s (CAC) in the process of selection of coaches for men’s and women’s team.

The Mumbai veteran cricketer was given the job after former Head Coach Tushar Arothe resigned from the post after a fallout with some of the regular players in the team. The former Baroda Ranji player left the past twelve months prior to the end of his two-year contract citing “personal reasons” for his resignation in a mail to the board.

Arothe who was part of the support staff during the team’s runners-up campaign at the 2017 World Cup in England, was offered a 2-year extension as Head Coach after BCCI sacked Purnima Rau from the position without direct conversation.

After the appointment of Powar, the BCCI had invited applications for the full-time position. On August 10, BCCI interviewed candidates for the job at its headquarters in Mumbai. A panel comprising Diana Edulji, former India cricketer and member of Committee of Administrators, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, and general manager (cricket operations) Saba Karim interviewed 20 applicants.

Mamtha Maben, former India Captain confirmed that she was among the Top 6 shortlisted for the job. Ramesh Powar was also shortlisted along with former India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi, former India and Baroda batsman Atul Bedade, India men’s U-19 team bowling coach Sanath Kumar, and Rajkumar Sharma, who formerly coached Delhi’s junior teams and India captain Virat Kohli in his formative years.

“I haven’t received any official word from the BCCI,” Maben was quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “It’s only been the newspapers where I have been getting the updates from. But I feel if the selection panel chooses Ramesh to travel with the team to Sri Lanka, it only makes sense that he accompanies them to the WT20. There’s not much time at the team’s disposal, so Ramesh continuing from the Sri Lanka assignment to World T20 makes sense because eventually, it’s the results that count.”

Maben was among at least five women who applied for the position. Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Kalpana Venkatachar, former New Zealand batsman Maria Fahey, former India women’s assistant coach Suman Sharma, and Gujarat women’s coach Rituparna Roy were other women who had applied.

The team would assemble for a preparatory camp in Chennai at the end of the month before departing to Sri Lanka. Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana will also join the camp after they return from their KSL stint in England.


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