Three of India’s most beloved ex-cricketers have been asked by the country’s top court to choose the next coach of the Indian women’s cricket team.
After former Indian women’s cricket team coach Ramesh Powar’s contract expired with no extension following a long-drawn out controversy with the dropped Indian captain Mithali Raj, the Supreme Court has appointed a Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that includes former Indian cricketers Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, and VVS Laxman to come together and select the new coach.
The court-mandated Committee of Administrators (COA) wants this three-member CAC to pick the new coach for the Indian women’s cricketing team. The same CAC was active when Ravi Shastri was named the head coach of the Indian men’s cricketing team. They had also appointed Anil Kumble in 2016. The trio has been inactive since 2017, but the new movement suggests that they will be brought back in action to help with the ongoing leadership and training crisis in women’s cricket.
The outgoing coach (Ramesh Powar) finished his tenure on November 30, 2018, and his contract with the BCCI was not renewed or extended, even though the team under him qualified for the semifinal of the Women’s T20 world cup in West Indies (This was the match that team India lost, after Mithali Raj was dropped by coach Powar). Raj has also accused Powar of acting on bias, in a letter to the BCCI – which is presumably the reason why the coach’s contract was allowed to expire without renewal.
As per the latest reports (revealed by the Press Trust of India), the top three contenders for the post now, are Tom Moody, Venkatesh Prasad and Dav Whatmore. Many former players are expected to send in applications.
Source: Times Now