Pakistan Women’s coach Mark Coles withdraws on being shortlisted for the same role in India
Powar's contract expired on November 30.
Updated - Dec 19, 2018 1:22 pm
India Women’s cricket in the middle of tumultuous times with the feud between experienced cricketer Mithali Raj and Ramesh Powar, the team’s former coach. Their souring relationship came to the fore after India’s eight-wicket defeat against England in the semi-final of the Women’s World T20 in the West Indies. Raj lashed out at Powar for being disrespectful towards her.
Thereafter, Powar accused Raj of keeping her personal interests ahead of the team. Later the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided not to renew Powar’s contract, which expired on November 30. Subsequently, they called for new applications. Powar even got support from skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and swashbuckling top-order batsman Smriti Mandhana.
Pakistan’s coach withdraws
Recently, the likes of Herschelle Gibbs, Manoj Prabhakar, and others applied for the coach’s role. Pakistan Women’s team coach Mark Coles was one of the applicants. He was shortlisted and was also called for an interview. However, it has also been learned that he has withdrawn his application and he mentioned the same to have occurred due to a ‘confusion’.
“There is some confusion about this… through a third party. I have withdrawn, and am committed to Pakistan cricket and trying to get the team to be the best they can be,” Coles was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.
Earlier this year, Tushar Arothe also stepped down as the coach of the team following a feud with the players. His relationship worsened after India’s defeat against Bangladesh by three wickets in the closely-fought final of the Women’s Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.
Even as the likes of Mandhana and Kaur are weaving their magic in the Women’s Big Bash League (BBL), their national duties are expected to begin in January next year when India are scheduled to tour New Zealand for a three-match ODI and a three-match T20I series. For the time being, it remains to be seen who becomes the next India Women’s cricket coach.