The Ramesh Powar-Mithali Raj spat went from being ugly to downright notorious as both sides got support from some big names in the game. Powar, whose tenure came to an end on November 30, has decided to reapply for the job, thanks to support coming from T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur and deputy Smriti Mandhana.
"Yes, I have applied this evening because Smriti (Mandhana), Harmanpreet (Kaur) have supported me and I can't let them (the girls) down by not applying," Powar confirmed to PTI.
Powar was embroiled in controversy when the team management including Powar and Harmanpreet dropped senior player Mithali Raj for the knock-out game against England in the recently concluded WWT20, triggering a massive controversy.
Mithali went on to accuse Powar and COA member Diana Edulji of trying to destroy her and being biased against her. On the other hand, Powar accused Mithali of threatening to retire midway into the World T20 after being denied the opening slot and creating chaos in the team.
BCCI has invited fresh applications for the post and set the application deadline for December 14. The women's team is a divided lot at the moment and so is COA running the BCCI. The COA comprising Vinod Rai and Edulji at loggerheads over the women's coach appointment.
Edulji said that the decision of inviting fresh applications was taken without consulting her and the board could have continued with Powar till the New Zealand tour which starts next month.
(With PTI inputs)