Ramesh Powar has been in charge of India's womens team since May 2021 . Hrishikesh Kanitkar will take over from Powar as head coach of the womens team .
India — Mumbai (Maharashtra), December 6: Ramesh Powars' term as India's women's team coach has ended just over two months before the next T20 World Cup in South Africa.For the foreseeable five-match Twenty20 International series against Australia at home, India may be without a head coach.For the time being, former India allrounder Hrishikesh Kanitkar will lead the team's support staff.Kanitkar, who most recently led a second-string Indian mens squad on a limited-overs tour of New Zealand, has joined the womens squad in Mumbai ahead of the Australia series, which starts on December 9.He was the NCA's head coach between 2019 and 2020 before taking over as the Mumbai mens squad head coach, which he led to the Vijay Hazare Trophy in March 2021.Kanitkars appointment as a batting consultant is a step forward from his current position at the NCA.He was the head coach of India's triumphant Under-19 team, which won the World Cup in the Caribbean earlier this season.Kanitkar has also coached Tamil Nadu and served as a player-mentor at Rajasthan at the end of his career, in addition to his NCA experience. Kanitkar, like Powar, has had two stints with the women's squad, the most recent being mediocre.He assumed power in May 2021 and oversaw the teams' preparations for the 2022 World Cup (50-overs), in which they lost three matches in a row.The team placed second in the Commonwealth Games last year, winning their first white-ball series in England by defeating the hosts 3-0 in the One-Day Internationals.With India winning their seventh Asia Cup title in October, his last game with the team culminated in victory. Over the years, I have worked closely with some of the country's most recognizable players and emerging talents.I would be using my experience from the NCA's history to help foster future talent.In the lead-up to the World Cup, ESPN quoted Powar as saying in a BCCI release that I am looking forward to working in tandem with NCA head coach VVS Laxman for the further development of the game and bench strength.In the meantime, the five-match series against Australia will be followed by a tri-series in South Africa, which will also feature West Indies.I believe this squad is prepared for the challenge ahead.