Former Indian off-spinner Ramesh Powar has been appointed as the coach of India women's cricket team on an interim basis. He will oversee the women's team camp which begins in Bengaluru from July 25.
BCCI are currently looking for a full-time coach after the ouster of Tushar Arothe, who resigned from the post of head coach after players' revolt last week. As per the reports in PTI, India’s cricket board have already invited applications for this high-profile job with July 20 being the deadline to apply.
"I am happy with the responsibility given and I will try my best to take them (women's team) ahead," Powar quoted as saying by PTI.
This is the first time some sort of procedure has been followed to appoint the coach for India women’s team. BCCI has been using the same process to appoint men’s team coach for past two years.
The 40-year-old Powar has represented India in two Tests, taking 6 wickets while his 31 ODI appearances fetched him 34 scalps. Powar always remained a quality player in first-class cricket, claiming 470 wickets in 148 games.
On the other hand, Arothe’s ouster came exactly a month after India’s women side agonizingly lost the Asia Cup T20 final to Bangladesh by three wickets. Notably, it was India’s first loss in the Asia Cup final.
One of the major reasons behind revolt was Arothe's training method. While the coach was keen to continue with two practice sessions of two and half hours each in morning and afternoon, some of the seniors were finding it difficult to cope with the tiring schedule.