Harmanpreet, Mandhana Want Powar to Remain India Coach

Harmanpreet Kaur believes Ramesh Powar has made the T20I team a stronger outfit

Harmanpreet Kaur believes Ramesh Powar has made the T20I team a stronger outfit

Indian women's T20 team captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana want Ramesh Powar to be retained as the national team coach.

Earlier on November 27, Mithali, in a letter to the BCCI, had accused Powar and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji of discrimination.

"How will this new women's team's contract will be valid when the CoA's tenure is over and Rai has to hand over control to the new management?", a BCCI official asked. It is not yet clear whether Powar, who is eligible, will apply.

Though Harmanpreet and Smriti are for Powar's extension, it is learnt that Ekta Bisht and Mansi Joshi are against his reinstatement along with ODI captain Mithali.

When Mithali Raj was excluded from the squad for World T20 semi-final against England, it had sparked a controversy.

On her return to India, Mithali met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and wrote a scathing letter to the cricket board accusing Powar of "bias".

Meanwhile, Smriti said: "His guidance and inputs will be helpful for the team to perform well for the upcoming New Zealand tour and next T20 World Cup in Australia".

On Monday, things became more dramatic with Harmanpreet throwing her weight behind the former spinner.

"I as the T20 captain and one-day vice-captain, is appealing before you to allow Ramesh Powar to further continue as our team coach".

As per a report in Hindustan Times, Harmanpreet Kaur wrote in her letter to the BCCI, "I am writing to bring it under your notice that how tremendously our team has gone under positive changes in the past few months and has set a benchmark in the world top teams". Our defeat in the semi-finals was very disheartening and it brings us all to feel more miserable to see how the controversies has stained our image and questioned the entire cricket fraternity.

Sir Ramesh Powar not only improved us as players but also did motivate us to set targets and challenge our own limits. He has changed the face of Indian women's cricket, both technically and strategically.

"The decision was entirely based on cricketing logic and observations from the past". Keeping in mind the need of the hour, me, Smriti, 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 understanding that the intent was not personal but entirely based for the welfare of the team".

Mithali's exclusion took an ugly turn following the team's loss in the semi-final, with the player's manager calling Indian women's cricket team skipper Harmanpreet a "manipulative, lying, immature, undeserving captain" in a series of tweets.

"Another change of coach will effect our growth and we will have to start from the scratch". And whatever may be the reason for Ramesh Sir's and Mithali Raj's conflicts, they should solve it across the table like a family and call it truce. "His one to one connect each player has led to clarity in roles for all players and made everyone believe that they are match victor in his short tenure with the team (sic)".

Endorsing Harmanpreet's views, Mandhana said the decision to leave out Mithali was unanimous. He has inculcated in us the sense of winning.