Ramesh Powar appointed head coach of women’s cricket team
Former India spinner Ramesh Powar has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian women's national cricket team till the ICC World T20, which is scheduled to be held in November 2018. Power has now been handed over full-time duties as head coach till November 30.
Former India spinner Ramesh Powar was on August 14, 2018 named head coach of the Indian women's national cricket team till the ICC World T20, which is scheduled to be held in November 2018.
Powar was brought in as the interim coach of the team in July by the BCCI until they found a replacement for Tushar Arothe, who resigned as the coach of the women's team five months after being appointed.
• Power has now been handed over full-time duties as head coach till November 30, 2018 by the BCCI.
• His term will include a tour to Sri Lanka, a bilateral series in the West Indies in October followed by the ICC Women's World T20 in West Indies in November.
• Powar is the third coach of women's team in the past one and a half year. Under Powar’s leadership, the Indian women's team underwent a fitness camp from July 25 to August 3 in Bangalore at National Cricket Academy (NCA).
• Prior to Arothe, the post was held by Purnima Rau, who was removed just a few months ahead of the women's World Cup in 2017.
• As per the Supreme Court directive, only a functional Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) can appoint a full-time coach on a long-term basis.
About Ramesh Powar
• Born on May 20, 1978, Ramesh Powar is a former India off-spinner, who was selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
• Following his selection, Powar initially played domestic cricket and remained a consistent performer in the format for many seasons.
• He, in fact, played a crucial role in Mumbai cricket team's Ranji Trophy success in the 2002–03 season. Overall, he played first-class cricket for 16 years.
• He was first selected to play for the Indian national cricket team during their Pakistan tour in 2004.
• He did not return to the ODI side again until early 2006. His recall came on the back of 63 domestic wickets for 2005–06 season. The season was the second one in a row when Powar had taken over 50 wickets.
• However, in January 2007, he was dropped from the squad because of injury and Anil Kumble returned as the second spinner in the lead up to the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
• Powar's poor fielding skills paved the way for his exclusion from the Indian team. He, however, continued playing domestic cricket and made his IPL debut for the Kings XI Punjab in May 2008. He represented Kings XI Punjab in the first three seasons of the IPL.
• He represented the defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala franchise in the IPL in 2011 and then returned to Kings XI Punjab in 2012.
• In November 2015, Powar announced that he would retire from all forms of cricket following the conclusion of the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy.
• Overall, Powar played 31 ODIs and two Tests from 2004 to 2007 for the national side, picking 34 wickets with a best of 54 in the 50-over format.