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In separate emails to top BCCI officials, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana urged the board to reinstate Romesh Powar as head coach of the Indian women’s team.
Powar was eligible for a one-year extension in his contract, but the BCCI chose not to extend that contract. The decision came after Powar’s conflict with ODI captain Mithali Raj came to light.
Who was the email sent to?
- The two-member CoA
- Saba Karim (head of women’s cricket)
- Rahul Johri (BCCI CEO)
- Trupti Bhattacharya (India women team manager)
- Sudha Shah (a national selector)
- Three BCCI office bearers
Excerpts of Harmanpreet’s email (titled “Humble Request)
Ramesh Powar was not singlehandedly responsible. The decision (to leave Raj out of the semi-final) was entirely based on cricketing logic and observations from the past. Keeping in mind the need of the hour, me, Smriti, the selector (Sudha Shah) and the coach together in the presence of our manager felt that we should go ahead with the winning combination. And I believe it should have come to your knowledge that the intent was not personal but entirely based for the welfare of the team.
There are hardly 15 months for the next T20 World Cup and a month to go for the New Zealand tour. The way he has transformed us as a team, I feel no reason to replace him with any better at this point of time when the team is coordinating well with him and amongst each other.
Ramesh Powar not only improved us as players but did motivate us to set targets and challenge our own limits. He has changed the face of Indian women’s cricket team both technically and strategically. He has inculcated in us the sense of winning.
It takes a while to understand and select combinations and equate with a coach’s temperament. Another change of coach will affect our growth and we will have to start from scratch.
Excerpts of Mandhana’s email (titled “Sincere Plea”)
Ramesh sir has changed the intent of players and given everyone confidence to express their selves on the field to their fullest. His one-to-one connect with each player has led to clarity in roles for all players and made everyone believe that they are matchwinners in his short tenure with the team.