Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana back Ramesh Powar’s continuation as coach
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Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana back Ramesh Powar’s continuation as coach

New Delhi, Dec 4: The Indian Women's T-20 team skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana have openly come out in support of the Ramesh Powar to get an extension as head coach.

Both Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana has said that the another change at the helm was not in the team’s interest. ''The way he has transformed us as a team, I feel no reason to replace him with any better at this point of time when the team is coordinating well with him and amongst each other. It takes a while to understand and select combinations and equate with a coach’s temperament. Another change of coach will affect our growth and we will have to start from scratch,'' Harmanpreet said.

The former India off-spinner’s contract as coach expired last week after just a three month-long tenure, and the BCCI has already invited applications from eligible candidates for the job on a permanent basis.

Earlier, Mithali had written a letter to BCCI, alleging that Powar discriminated against her and left her ''deflated, depressed and let down'' which led to her omission from the semifinal against England in St. Lucia.

Powar in his report to the Board alleged that the veteran indulged in blackmailing and pressurising coaches. The BCCI had the option to extend his contract for a year but now looking for his replacement.(UNI)