Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Ramesh Powar appointed permanent NCA coaches

Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Ramesh Powar have been appointed as batting and bowling coaches respectively at the NCA. The duo will report to NCA director, Rahul Dravid.

Hrishikesh Kanitkar has been appointed as batting coach at the National Cricket Academy.   -  R. Ravindran

Former India cricketers Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Ramesh Powar have been appointed as permanent batting and bowling coaches at the National Cricket Academy.

In a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) cleared the appointments of the two former cricketers, who have been part of the NCA set-up for a while now.

They will report to NCA’s Director of Cricket, Rahul Dravid, and tour with various representative teams -- India A, India U-19 or India U-23 -- as and when required.

“The positions have been vacant for a while now and the CoA has now decided to clear the appointments. This is a permanent appointment,” one of the BCCI officials, aware of the development, told Sportstar.

Former India spinner and erstwhile coach of India's women's cricket team, Powar, was appointed the bowling coach of India A men’s team for its series against South Africa A in August.

Back then, the appointment was only restricted to the series, where India A played two four-day matches and a series of One-dayers.

The 41-year-old Powar played two Test matches and 31 ODIs during a career that spanned a decade and a half.

Newly-appointed bowling coach, Ramesh Powar.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

 

Last year, he was handed the role of coach for the India women's team, but he found himself in middle of a major controversy after a much-publicised fallout with Mithali Raj during the World T20.

Mithali, who was left out of the final eleven for India's semifinal clash at the World T20, wrote to the BCCI accusing Powar of trying to 'destroy' her career. In response, Powar revealed that Mithali had threatened to quit if she wasn't allowed to open batting.

Even though Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur backed Powar for an extension, the BCCI decided to conduct fresh interviews and WV Raman was appointed the new coach.

Kanitkar - who played two Tests and 34 ODIs for India - has previously coached Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy, and has been working with the NCA in various capacities.