Former India offspinner Ramesh Pawar 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.
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 World Cup in Australia last year, was an automatic entry in the shorlist.
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 World Cup in the Caribbean.
A former India 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. He recently served as the head coach of a dominant Mumbai team that clinched the the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy.
His first assignment on return to the helm of the women’s team will be the tour of England. The Indian women’s team is scheduled to play One Test, three ODIs and three T20Is in England. The squad will fly with the men’s team on June 2, with the first of the seven games, a one-off Test match, starting in Bristol on June 16.