Kapil Dev expressed that he is “disturbed” by the reactions over the WV Raman’s selection process as the Head Coach of Indian Women’s Team.
The BCCI had formed a new ad-hoc committee to finalize Indian Women’s Cricket Coach which comprised of former India cricketers Shantha Rangaswamy, Kapil Dev, and Anshuman Gaekwad and they had selected WV Raman as the Head Coach of Indian Women’s Team after a thorough selection process. But that was termed an ‘illegal step’ by CoA member Diana Edulji.
“I am very disturbed about what all is happening. I don’t want to take names but the ego of one particular individual shouldn’t be an impediment towards developing the women’s game in the country,” Kapil Dev told PTI on Saturday (January 5). “Someone might have his or her personal likes or dislikes but that is not above the interest of the national women’s team,” he further added, in reference to the Edulji CoA Chief Vinod Rai’s difference of opinion.
Moreover, he was also disappointed with the questions about the credentials of the ad-hoc committee and he pointed at the excellence of the candidates the committee had shortlisted from the process.
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“Look at the names who applied,” he told. “Gary Kirsten, who coached India to World Cup. Venkatesh Prasad, who was Indian men’s team bowling coach. Raman has earned respect from everyone with his technical knowledge. If anyone has problem with these names, then he/she doesn’t have best interest of Indian cricket in mind.”
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The former world cup winning captain, Dev, however, expressed that he wasn’t used to following the Women’s cricket even a decade ago but the players like Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur have raised the bar so high that everyone has started following women’s game and even people like him also want to contribute to the cause.
“Just tell me where was women’s cricket at least 10 years back. Who raised the profile? It’s the players like Mithali and Harman. They have raised it to such a level that even someone like me, who didn’t keep a track of what was happening a decade back, wanted to contribute,” Kapil added.
“Tell me one thing. Myself, Anshu and Shantha, we all have other commitments also. When we were approached, we agreed because all of us thought that we would be able to make a difference. Is it a fair thing to rake up controversy and derail the development that has happened over the years?”, he further questioned.