India’s T20I Captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have come out in support of Ramesh Powar. They write to the BCCI about his positive contributions as head coach of the team India.
The letters from Harmanpreet and Mandhana, which claim that the excluding of Mithali was a team management decision.
“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’s 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,” wrote Harmanpreet.
“Ramesh Powar not only improved us as players but did motivate us to set targets and challenge our own limits. He has changed the faced of Indian women’s cricket team both technically and strategically. He has inculcated in us the sense of winning.”
“The decision was entirely based on the cricketing logics 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. Cutting the conversation short, I, as the T20 captain and ODI vice-captain is appealing before you to allow Powar to further continue as our team coach. There are hardly 15 months for the next T20 World Cup and a month to go for the New Zealand tour. The way he has transformed us as a team, I feel no reason to replace him.”
The letter sent by Harmanpreet and Mandhana reached the BCCI on Monday evening and a decision on it is pending.