Chandigarh/Mumbai, May 15 -- The appointment of former India spinner Ramesh Powar as India women's cricket team head coach came as a surprise on Thursday after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) chose him for the post, replacing WV Raman.

The CAC, comprising Madan Lal and Sulakshna Naik, interviewed eight candidates for the post, before picking Mumbai-based Powar.

The 42-year-old Powar was the head coach of the team in 2018 before he and ODI captain Mithali Raj became embroiled in a public spat.

The fight began after Raj was dropped from the T20 World Cup semi-final against England, a match that India eventually lost.

What followed was a saga of leaked emails and notes from team meetings, Twitter rants, accusations and counter-accusat...