Indian Women Cricket Coach – Ramesh Pawar: Leaving behind the past is an essential quality to move ahead in life and in “job at hand” and perhaps no one understands this better than the newly-appointed head coach of Indian women’s cricket team Ramesh Powar.
Insidesport.co got in touch with Powar over the phone, a day after BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) re-appointed him as head coach of women’s cricket team after a gap of 3 years replacing WV Raman for the position. When asked how big was the challenge for him to coach the Indian women’s team for the second time, Powar, who had successfully coached the Mumbai senior team to Vijay Hazare Trophy title victory, said he was certainly looking up to the challenge.
Ramesh Powar aims to take Indian women’s cricket to new height leaving the “past” controversies behind
“I am looking forward to taking Indian women’s cricket ahead. That’s the first and most important task. I thank the Cricket Advisory Committee and the BCCI for giving me this opportunity. I have my clear priorities and do not want to divulge them at this stage. Nothing more to add at this moment,” Powar told Insidesport in a short chat on Friday.
CAC chief Madan Lal told Insidesport that it was a unanimous decision to select Powar as head coach. “All the top candidates were very good and eligible but we unanimously selected Powar for the job. He is a very good coach. I do not want to go into the past controversy. It’s time to look ahead. I wish him good luck and I am sure he will do a great job for the Indian women’s team,” Madan Lal observed.
Powar, who has worked at the National Cricket Academy as a bowling coach. is certainly not living in the past and did not entertain any question on his first stint as head coach and his fallout with Mithali Raj which eventually led to his exit. Insidesport.co also tried to get a word from Mithali Raj but could not get a response till the article was published.
Powar was sacked from the head coach’s position in 2018 following a fallout with Mithali who had accused the former India cricketer of bias after the Harmanpreet Kaur-led T20 team dropped the veteran for the all-important World Cup semifinal against England. Mithali, in a letter to the BCCI after the event, had alleged that Powar “was out to destroy and humiliate” her. Powar had hit back asserting that Mithali “threw a lot of tantrums and created chaos in the team”.
Powar’s first task at hand will be the England tour where India women will play a Test, 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is. The Indian team for the England tour is expected to be announced in the coming days and the team is expected to fly to England along with the men’s cricket team after completing the mandatory quarantine period.