CoA Chairman Vinod Rai has decided to go against his colleague Diana Edulji regarding the selection process of the Indian Women’s Head Coach as she wanted to continue with Ramesh Powar.
CoA member Diana Edulji wrote to Vinod Rai that Ramesh Powar should continue at least till the New Zealand tour, as T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana supported him. Vinod Rai, however, in his reply made it clear that this wouldn’t happen as the coach selection process is already going on as the BCCI has already invited fresh applicants for the job.
The new application deadline will end on December 14 where Manoj Prabhakar, Herschelle Gibbs, Dimitri Mascarenhas, former coach Ramesh Powar are among the new applicants.
“Diana sent an email to Rai asking for extension of Powar as both Harmanpreet and Mandhana asked for it. She wanted the interview process to be scrapped,” a BCCI official shared to PTI.
“However, Rai replied by saying that scrapping the process is not possible as the advertisement for the job has already been issued,” the BCCI official further added.
The controversy started from the World T20. Team management (Ramesh Powar, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and selector Sudha Shah) decided to drop in-form Mithali Raj in the semi-final of World T20 against England, where India lost miserably. Later Mithali Raj wrote to the Board about this, accusing Powar and Edulji of trying to destroy her and being biased against her.
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.
Ramesh Powar’s term ended on November 30, after the World T20. Later on, India T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana wrote to the board, seeking Powar’s extension as he has changed the mindset of the team.
India will tour to New Zealand on January 24; where they play three ODIs and three T20Is. The BCCI is expected to announce the name of the new coach before the New Zealand tour.