Kapil Dev in panel to take interviews of candidates for India women’s cricket coach

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a panel comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy will select the new Indian women’s cricket coach.On Tuesday, BCCI named an ad-hoc committee to conduct the interviews of the eligible candidates for the selection of Head Coach for Team India (Senior Women).The BCCI is expected to name the new coach before the New Zealand tour begins on January 24. The tour comprises three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals.The women’s team is a divided lot at the moment with Harmanpreet and Mandhana seeking Powar’s extension while the seniormost player Mithali Raj is against such a move.Powar’s term ended on November 30, a week after India lost the semifinals of the World T20 to England. The team management dropped Mithali for the knock-out fixture, triggering a huge controversy.Mithali went on to accuse Powar and Edulji of trying to destroy her and being biased against her.Powar, on his part, accused Mithali of threatening to retire midway into the World T20 after being denied the opening slot and creating chaos in the team.Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji differ on course of action regarding selection of Indian women’s team coachVinod Rai has decided against Diana Edulji’s call to continue with Ramesh Powar at least till the New Zealand tour beginning next monthHowever, the two members of the CoA have had differences of opinions regarding Powar’s continuation.Rai decided against Edulji’s call to continue with Ramesh Powar at least till the New Zealand tour beginning next month, to which the former India captain replied saying that he does not have any right.advertisementThe exchange of mails between Rai and Edulji, which has been accessed by indiatoday.in, showcases not only the matter about the Indian women’s team coach selection.In a letter to Rai, COA member Edulji said Powar should be given an extension at least till the New Zealand tour, considering he has the backing of T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and seasoned opener Smriti Mandhana.Rai, however, in his reply made it clear that scrapping the coach selection process is out of the question as the BCCI has already invited applications for the job.”It is strange that in a democratic setup of COA only views of one person are considered and the views expressed by other member (who was also appointed by the Hon’ble SC along with you) don’t matter. Even I agree enough discussions have been held on both the matters,” Edulji wrote in the reply to Rai.(Written by Ritayan Basu with inputs from Ateet Sharma & PTI)Also Read | When player gets bigger than the game, controversy arises: Madan Lal on Mithali-Powar sagaAlso Read | Manipulative, lying, cheat: Mithali Raj’s manager lashes out at Harmanpreet KaurAlso Read | Mithali Raj packed her bags and threatened to quit, reveals Ramesh Powarlast_img read more