Ramesh Powar - New Indian women's Cricket team coach
Ramesh Powar - New Indian women's Cricket team coach

Former India off-spinner Ramesh Powar has been appointed by the BCCI as the head coach of the senior India Women’s team.

Powar’s candidature was finalised and recommended to the board by a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sulakshana Naik, Madan Lal, and RP Singh.

Ramesh Powar appointed as India Women’s Coach

A total of 35 applicants for the post were received with the committee shortlisting six candidates and interviewing three hopefuls on Wednesday. Incumbent coach WV Raman, who guided the team to the final of the T20 WC in Australia last year, was an automatic entry in the shortlist.

Incidentally, Raman had replaced Powar at the job in December 2018 after a controversial five-month stint for the Mumbaikar that included a public fallout with veteran cricketer Mithali Raj during the T20 WC in the Caribbean.

“All the best @imrameshpowar with the @BCCIWomen in this spell.. Look forward to seeing the girls soar under your guidance,” tweeted Raman.

“All of us in the committee felt Ramesh Powar was the best candidate and it was a unanimous choice,” Madan Lal, BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee head, said.

“As far as him working together with Mithali Raj is concerned, there should not be any problem. Mithali’s job as a captain is to focus on her role and she should work to take the team forward.”

Ramesh Powar Carrier

In his playing career, Powar played two Tests and 31 ODIs for India from 2004 to 2007, taking a total of 40 international wickets.

His domestic career spanned from 1999-00 to 2015, as an off-spinning allrounder of considerable skill. He took 470 first-class wickets (average 31.31) while also scoring 4245 first-class runs (average 26.53) in 148 games.

He played 113 List A matches, taking 142 wickets and hitting 1082 runs. Powar played 28 T20 games, including in the IPL for Kings XI Punjab(now renamed as Punjab Kings) and Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

Also read: Four Indian Women Cricketers Granted NOC for The Hundred Cricket