Former Indian cricketer Ramesh Powar has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday. Powar will replace WV Raman, who was appointed the head coach of the India women’s team in December 2018.
The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sulakshana Naik, Madan Lal and Rudra Pratap Singh unanimously landed on Powar’s candidature after reviewing more than 35 applications.
A former international cricketer, Powar has represented the country on various occasions and has played 2 Tests and 31 ODIs for India. He has vast experience in both national and international cricket. He has played first-class cricket for over 16 years. He picked up 34 wickets in the 31 matches that he has played between 2004-08 and was also part of the 2007 World Cup squad.
After retiring in 2015 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.
He recently coached the Mumbai senior team that won the Vijay Hazare Trophy and has worked at the National Cricket Academy as a Bowling Coach. In the 2018 Women’s World Cup, Powar got into an argument with batswoman Mithali Raj, and as a consequence, she was not allowed to play in the semifinal.