Former Indian cricketer, Ramesh Powar has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian women's team. This will be Powar's second term with the women's team as the off-spinner had earlier served as coach of the Indian women's team between July - November 2018. He also led Indian women to the semi-final of the T20 World Cup in 2018 and also won 14 consecutive T20I matches.
“The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Ms Sulakshana Naik, Mr Madan Lal and Mr Rudra Pratap Singh interviewed the applicants and unanimously agreed on Mr Powar’s candidature,” the BCCI said in a statement on Thursday.
His most recent assignment was with the Mumbai senior team that won the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He has also worked at the National Cricket Academy as a bowling coach. Powar was removed from his post in 2018 after an alleged rift between him and Indian skipper Mithali Raj. Powar takes over the responsibilities from former Indian cricketer WV Raman, who took Indian women to the final of the T20 World Cup in Australia last year.
Ramesh Powar played two Tests and 31 ODIs for India as a spinner. He has also represented the Kings XI Punjab and Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the IPL. A total of 35 candidates applied for the post of Indian head coach. However, only eight, including W.V. Raman, Ramesh Powar, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Ajay Ratra, Suman Sharma, Mamatha Maben, Hemlata Kala and Devika Palshikar were shortlisted. Powar's name was recommended by CAC.