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Harmanpreet, Smriti want Ramesh Powar to remain India coach

The acrimonious end to coach Ramesh Powar’s tenure Monday split the Indian women’s cricket team with T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana demanding his return despite senior player Mithali Raj’s fallout with him. Powar’s interim tenure ended on November 30 and the BCCI has already invited fresh applications for the job.

Powar is free to re-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.  Powar’s term ended 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 COA member Diana Edulji of trying to destroy her and having a bias against her. The deadline for applying for the coach’s job ends on December 14 and the BCCI is looking for a high-profile candidate to fill the vacancy.

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