Former India off-spinner Ramesh Powar has been appointed the women’s cricket team’s interim head coach. The new appointment came after former head coach Tushar Arothe resigned after falling out with the Indian women’s cricket team.
Powar was appointed by the BCCI on July 15. The cricket governing body had earlier approached former India wicketkeeper-batsman and current Vidarbha head coach Chandrakant Pandit for the post. However, he turned down the offer due to loads of “commitments in Vidarbha”.
When asked whether he wants the post full-time, Powar said: “I have not decided it as of now”, ESPNcricinfo reported.
“I don’t know exactly what is the process till now. Let’s see how the camp goes and what happens. I am happy with the responsibility I’ve been given. I will try to put my [best] foot forward to take the women’s team ahead.”
The team is now preparing for the camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, starting July 25. BCCI is also looking for a full-time coach.
“I am happy with the responsibility given and I will try my best to take them (women’s team) ahead,” Powar said, News18 reported.
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According to the BCCI, the national coach should have a “coaching experience of a national team or a first-class state team”.
While Powar reportedly was the first choice for the job, the disagreement with Arothe was apparently the result of the team’s defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in the Asia Cup final. “The matter has gone out of hand and that is why a few players approached us. We will see what can be done in this case as there are some serious allegations. The players had also approached the women’s senior selection committee, who too had a meeting with BCCI officials. Players and selectors don’t want Arothe to continue as the Indian women’s team coach,” earlier sources in the BCCI had told The Indian Express.
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