A week after India Women’s head coach Tushar Arothe resigned from his post, the BCCI has appointed Ramesh Powar to oversee the team’s week-long camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, starting July 25. The board has already invited applications to fill up the vacancy on a full-time basis, the deadline for which is July 20.
The former India off-spinner will be assisted by all the other support-staff regulars – fielding coach Biju George, trainer Afzal Khan, physiotherapist Tracy Fernandes, video analyst Ashutosh Dandige, masseuse Rashmi Pawar and team manager Trupti Bhattacharya. The 10-day camp will feature all the India regulars, barring Women’s Super League-bound Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur.
Earlier this week, Powar had lost out to former Mumbai wicketkeeper and teammate Vinayak Samant in the race to become Mumbai’s head coach ahead of the 2018-19 domestic season. Earlier in February, he had also quit as the spin coach of MCA’s cricket academy.
Given BCCI’s criteria for applicants applying for the role of the national coach to have a “coaching experience of a national team or a first-class state team,” Powar seems out of contention for the role of a full-time coach – unless an exception is made. The board is likely to conduct personal interviews with the shortlisted candidates in Mumbai next week. In all likelihood, the new coach will link up with the squad at a preparatory camp ahead of their impending tour of Sri Lanka in September.
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