Ramesh Powar
Ramesh Powar (Getty Images)

Former India offspinner Ramesh Powar has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian women cricket team, BCCI announced on Tuesday.

Powar will take charge of the team till November 30 this year and his assignment will also include the ICC Women’s WT20 in West Indies.

“His (Powar’s) term will include the tour to Sri Lanka in September, a bilateral series in West Indies in October followed by the ICC Women’s World T20 in West Indies in November,” BCCI said in a media release on Tuesday.

The board had appointed Powar, 40, as the interim-coach in July after the resignation of Tushar Arothe.

Powar had also applied for the job of head coach of Mumbai, but the post eventually went to Vinayak Samant. He was apparently the first-choice, but a Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) managing committee resolution ruled the decision in Samanth’s favour. Powar had toured Australia to train young spinners this February.

Powar played two Tests and 31 ODIs for India with mixed success. His 148 First-Class matches fetched him 470 wickets.

The position was vacated by Arothe as he resigned citing difference with the senior players.

Powar is the third person to hold the post of women’s team coach in the past one and a half year after Purnima Rau who was removed after the World Cup in 2017 and Arothe.

Virat Kohli‘s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma was one of the six shortlisted candidates for the coaching position. BCCI interviewed around 20 candidates for the position on Friday and finalised six members including Rajkumar, Mamatha Maben, Sunil Joshi, Ramesh Powar, Atul Bedade and Sanath Kumar.

The women’s team will tour Sri Lanka for three ODI and five T20I matches, and will be Powar’s first assignment.