Ramesh Powar, Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs To Appear For India Women's Coach Interviews On Thursday
Ramesh Powar's previous stint as coach ended after the Women's World T20 tournament.
Ramesh Powar, former India women's team coach who made headlines for indifference with senior batter Mithali Raj, eyes another term of coaching contract as he will appear for an interview before the BCCI selection panel on Thursday. Besides Ramesh Powar, former India men's team coach Gary Kirsten and South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs are the top contenders for the job among the 10 shortlisted candidates. The others who will appear for the interview in Mumbai are WV Raman, Venkatesh Prasad, Manoj Prabhakar, Trent Johnston, Mark Coles, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Brad Hogg.
The high-profile short-list which will be interviewed by an ad-hoc panel comprising ex-India players Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.
It is learnt that most of the foreigners will give their presentation via Skype while locals like Powar will appear in person.
"The ad-hoc panel comprises former players of high repute. I have no doubt that the committee will pick the best one," a BCCI official told PTI.
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA), comprising chairman Vinod Rai and former India captain Diana Edulji have been divided over the coach selection process. While Edulji wanted Powar to continue at least till the New Zealand tour starting next month, Rai instructed the BCCI top brass to invite fresh applications.
Powar's controversial interim tenure ended on November 30 after a bitter fallout with ODI captain and senior player Mithali Raj over selection issues.
The board is now going ahead with the interview process. Powar decided to apply after T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana came out in strong support of the former India spinner. What might go against him is the sequence of events that lead to the interviews.
Powar and Harmanpreet, along with other members of the team management, decided to drop Raj for the World T20 semi-final which the team lost to England by eight wickets.
After returning home from the West Indies, Raj accused Powar and Edulji of trying to destroy her and being biased against her. Powar, on his part, accused Raj of threatening to retire midway into the World T20 after being denied the opening slot and creating chaos in the team.
(With PTI inputs)