WV Raman has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team by BCCI on December 20.
The BCCI had been looking for a new Head Coach for the Women’s Team after Ramesh Powar’s term as interim coach ended in controversial circumstances with Mithali Raj’s accusation of humiliating during the World T20 before dropping her in the most important ICC Women’s World T20 semi-final against England where India lost the match by eight wickets. While Mithali Raj got the support from most of the people, India T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, and BCCI’s Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji have supported Ramesh Powar to give an extension but CoA chief Vinod Rai rejected Edulji’s proposal.
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Following the controversy, the board decided to invite fresh applications for the post where 28 applicants have been in the list, from where 11 were shortlisted. While 9 interviewed on Thursday, 2 candidates withdrew their application as per the news. After the interviews, 3 names were recommended by the by a three-member ad-hoc committee to the BCCI. The BCCI formed the new ad-hoc committee to finalize Indian Women’s Cricket Coach when the Cricket Advisory Committee decided not to interfere. The new committee was comprised of Shantha Rangaswamy, Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad.
The three names which were recommended to BCCI – former South Africa cricketer Gary Kirsten, former India player Venkatesh Prasad, and WV Raman. Kirsten was the first choice for the post but his contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League didn’t allow him to take the job.
“Mr Kirsten was unable to take up this assignment due to his ongoing contract with an Indian Premier League franchise, which would have entailed Conflict of Interest as per the BCCI constitution,” Board said. Raman was second in preference ahead of Prasad and was hence selected. PTI quoted an official of BCCI who said that Kirsten was “not very keen to leave the RCB role.”
Raman, who was a batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, was the second choice right after Gary Kirsten. The 53-year-old made his debut in 1988. He played 11 Tests, 27 ODIs, 132 First-Class matches and 87 List A matches in his 10 years career. He was the first Indian to score an ODI century in South Africa during their tour in 1992-93. He has more than 1000 international runs in his name. He amassed 7939 runs in First-Class matches while scored 2892 runs in List A matches.
After retiring from the cricket, he has made a great reputation of being one of the most successful coaches in the country. He has worked with the Tamil Nadu (2005-20007) and Bengal (2001-2002, 2010-2013) teams as well as associated with the Indian U-19 setup. He was the assistant coach of Kings XI Punjab (2013) in Indian Premier League while he served as a batting coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (2014) as well. He has been working as the batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy since 2015. During this time, he also coached India A team, Duleep Trophy, and Under-19 teams.
His first assignment with Indian Women’s Cricket Team will be the upcoming New Zealand tour which is scheduled to be played from January 24, 2019. The tour is comprised of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is.