New Delhi: Former coach of Indian women team Ramesh Powar finally launched another bid to retain his position by filing his application late on Tuesday (December 11).
“Yes, I have applied this evening because Smriti (Mandhana), Harmanpreet (Kaur) have supported me and I can’t let them (the girls) down by not applying,” Powar told PTI.
After Powar's staunch supporter and Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji failed in her bid to convince chairman Vinod Rai to change his mind on the matter and scrap the application process, the former Mumbai off-spinner added his name to the list that now includes Herschelle Gibbs, Owais Shah and Manoj Prabhakar.
"Anyone is free to apply. But we are looking for a proven coach and big name to guide the women's team. The ad-hoc committee will take the final call," a source close to CoA told CricketNext.
CoA is already split wide open on the issue with Rai calling all the shots in the matter. Earlier, in the day Rai went ahead and made the ad-hoc committee featuring Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy official to pick the women's coach.
Apart from Powar, Gibbs, Shah and Prabhakar, former Team India coach Gary Kirsten and current Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson have enquired about the position without applying as yet.
Rangaswamy said BCCI only got in touch with her late on Tuesday. "BCCI called me late on Tuesday. They haven't told us about applicants but asked us to meet on December 19 before interviews on 20th," Rangaswamy told CricketNext.