Ramesh Powar re-applies for Indian women's cricket team coach job after receiving support from Harmanpreet Kaur

Ramesh Powar's stint came to an end after the Indian women's team lost to England in the semifinals of the World T20 last month.

Press Trust of India, Dec 11, 2018 21:22:54 IST

Mumbai: Ramesh Powar, whose controversial tenure as women's coach ended on 30 November, on Tuesday reapplied for the job after receiving strong support from T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana.

The 40-year-old former India spinner confirmed to PTI that he has applied.

Ramesh Powar re-applies for Indian womens cricket team coach job after receiving support from Harmanpreet Kaur

File image of Ramesh Powar. AFP

"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.

Powar's stint came to an end after the Indian women's team lost to England in the semifinals of the World T20 last month. The team management including Powar and Harmanpreet dropped senior player Mithali Raj for the knock-out game, triggering a massive controversy.

After returning home from the Windies, Mithali went on to accuse Powar and COA member Diana Edulji of trying to destroy her and being biased against her.

Powar, on his part, accused Mithali of threatening to retire midway into the World T20 after being denied the opening slot and creating chaos in the team.

Following the controversy, the BCCI decided to invite fresh applications for the post and set the application deadline for December 14.

Harmanpreet and Smriti have already said that they want Powar to continue while Mithali is against his return.

The women's team is a divided lot at the moment and so is COA running the BCCI. The COA comprising Vinod Rai and Edulji at loggerheads over the women's coach appointment.

The BCCI invited fresh applications for the vacancy after Rai's approval while Edulji said that the decision was taken without consulting her and the board could have continued with Powar till the New Zealand tour which starts next month.

Updated Date: Dec 11, 2018 21:22:54 IST






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