WV Raman to be appointed as head coach of India women’s cricket team

BCCI confirmed that WV Raman will replace Ramesh Powar at the helm of the Indian women’s team’s coaching setup.

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WV Raman pips Gary Kirsten

Former India opener W V Raman has been appointed head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team, the BCCI said in a statement on Thursday. Raman, who was most recently a batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, was selected by an ad-hoc committee comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy. The panel had recommended three names – former South African batsman Gary Kirsten, former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad and Raman.

The BCCI said in a statement that the committee had put Kirsten, who led the Indian men’s team to victory at the 2011 World Cup, as the front runner for the job. However, his ongoing contract with Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore made him ineligible.

“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,” said the board. Raman was second in preference ahead of Prasad and was hence selected. PTI quotes a BCCI official as saying that Kirsten was “not very keen to leave the RCB role.”

From his days as a player, Woorkeri Venkat Raman is best remembered as the first Indian to score a century in South Africa. This was during an ODI match during India’s historic 1992-93 tour of the country. He played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs. The arrival of Vinod Kambli practically ended his international career but he remained a mainstay in the Tamil Nadu Ranji team. Since retiring though, Raman has built a reputation of being one of the most qualified coaches in the country. He headed the Tamil Nadu and Bengal Ranji teams and is also known for his stint with the Indian U-19 setup.

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