Ramesh Powar appointed as the Head Coach of Indian Women’s Cricket team

The information regarding the same was shared by BCCI. Powar replaced WV Raman who was earlier the coach of the Women’s Cricket team.

Ramesh Powar appointed as the Head Coach of Indian Women’s Cricket team

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Thursday, May 13, 2021, appointed former off-spinner Ramesh Powar as the head coach of the Indian women's cricket team. BCCI had invited applications for the post and more than 35 candidates had applied for the post. This selection marks Powar's return as a coach, after approximately two years, where reports mentioned a fallout with Mithali Raj which led to the same.

A three-member cricket advisory committee comprising of Sulakshana Naik, Madan Lal and Rudra Pratap Singh interviewed them and unanimously agreed to elect Powar.

As per reports, Powar has played two Tests and 31 ODIs for India, and after retiring from cricket, he began his coaching career. He is also the coach of the Mumbai team that won this year's Vijay Hazare Trophy. Besides this, he has also worked as a bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy.

A note shared by BCCI states, "A former international, Powar played 2 Tests and 31 ODIs for India. Post his playing career, he took up cricket coaching and is an ECB Level 2 certified coach and has also attended BCCI-NCA Level 2 coaching course. A former coach of the Indian Women’s Team from July-November 2018, it was under him that India qualified for the semi-final of the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup in 2018 and also won 14 T20 matches in a row."

The women's team was being coached by WV Raman, and under his guidance, Indian cricket team's performance improved significantly taking them to the T20 World Cup finale in 2020. However, post the coronavirus pandemic, the team was not able to play any further international matches, until recently, where they played against South Africa, in the home series.

WV Raman took to Twitter to congratulate Powar, and said, "All the best @imrameshpowar with the @BCCIWomen in this spell.. Look forward to seeing the girls soar under your guidance. I am humbled and also filled with joy by the support and kind words from people. I have always lived life on two words, "what next", and will continue to do so. Thanks folks, once again. Stay safe, we all have a big fight to engage in against #COVIDSecondWave"

To this, Powar replied, "Thank you @wvraman. Will try my best." 

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