New Delhi: Rajkumar Sharma, childhood coach of Team India captain Virat Kohli, is one of the front-runners for the post of the Indian women’s cricket team head coach.
After interviewing about 20 candidates on Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has shortlisted six members including Rajkumar and others including Mamatha Maben, Sunil Joshi, Ramesh Powar, Atul Bedade and Sanath Kumar, as per a report by The Hindu.
Former India spinner Ramesh Powar is currently the interim coach of the women’s national team until BCCI finds a suitable replacement for Tushar Arothe. Arothe’s tenure came to an end in a bitter fashion after a bitter fallout with the senior members of the team who were reportedly dissatisfied with his coaching methods.
Rajkumar has a decent profile, with experience as coach of Delhi's junior teams in the past. The 53-year-old has also applied for the post of Delhi Ranji Trophy team’s head coach.
While it remains to be seen who makes the final cut, the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka in September is expected to be the first assignment for the incoming coach. The Women in Blue will play three ICC championship matches (three ODIs) followed by five T20Is.