The BCCI invited applications for the post of head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team on Friday, following the expiry of Ramesh Powar’s contract.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would like to call upon interested candidates to apply for the position of ‘Head Coach – Team India (Senior Women)’”, an official BCCI communication read.
“Interested candidates should send their application on or before Friday, 14th December, 2018 by 5 PM at email@example.com. The interview of the shortlisted candidates will be held on Thursday, 20th December, 2018 at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.
“The appointment of Head Coach – Team India (Senior Women) will be a full time engagement. The contract term is for 2 years with age limit of 60 years (whichever is earlier). The remuneration is negotiable and will be commensurated with experience.”
BCCI’s announcement comes in the wake of a falling out between veteran batter Mithali Raj and head coach Ramesh Powar, after Raj was dropped from the playing XI for the ICC women’s world T20 semi-final.
In a letter to the BCCI subsequently, Raj wrote, “For the first time in a 20 year long career, I felt deflated, depressed and let down. I am forced to think if my services to my country are of any value to a few people in power who are out to destroy me and break my confidence.”
Powar too wrote to the BCCI, stating that Raj “could not understand and adapt to team plan. She ignored her role and batted for her own milestones. Lack of keeping the momentum going which was putting extra pressure on other batters. Worked really hard as a coach to address her power hitting, batting skills and running between the wickets in almost every session.”
The BCCI’s invitation for applicants may suggest that Powar’s contract will not be extended, even though technically he is still eligible to re-apply for the post of head coach.