Powar faces axe for Mithali dispute, BCCI invites application for coach’s post

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India has initiated the process for replacing women’s national team coach Ramesh Powar. Applications are invited as the BCCI will bel looking for seasoned professionals for the post of the national women’s team coach.

Indian think tank has omitted Mithali Raj for the important semi-final game in the ICC Women’s World T20 late last month. Coach Ramesh Powar faces a permanent axe for the avoidable controversy that has also seen India’s elimination as batting collapsed miserably in the absence of the seasoned pro Mithali.

Proven names such as Tom Moody, Dav Whatmore and Venkatesh Prasad are some of the options the Indian Cricket Board has at the moment, it is learnt from reliable sources in the Board, reports PTI.

It is understood that the BCCI doesn’t want a repeat of the kind of bickering witnessed between Powar and star player Mithali following the Indian team’s semi-final exit from the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies.

Mithali had alleged that Powar was “out to destroy her” while the coach countered her by questioning the “conduct” of the team’s senior most player, saying that she threatened to retire on being denied the opening slot and threw tantrums.

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Powar, a former India off-spinner, was appointed in August after Tushar Arothe quit following differences with the senior players over training methods. This was his first major international coaching assignment.

One of the requirements listed by the BCCI is that the candidate should have the experience of coaching an international team for a period of minimum one season or a T20 franchise for minimum two seasons.

People like Moody, a former Australia all-rounder, fulfil the criteria. While Prasad has worked with the Indian cricket team bowlers before joining the Kings XI Punjab setup, Whatmore has guided Sri Lanka to their only ODI World Cup triumph back in 1996.

The BCCI requirements state the candidate should have “a proven ability to manage and interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures, should have represented India or any other country at international level or should be a NCA Level ‘C’ certified coach or have a similar certification from a reputed organisation/institute and a minimum of 50 FC games”.

The interview of the candidates will be held on December 20 at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. The appointment will be a full time engagement and the contract term is for two years with age limit of 60 years.

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