WV Raman As Head Coach Of India Women’s Cricket, BCCI announced on Thursday (December 20).
He will take over the role from Ramesh Powar, who served on an interim basis – a relatively successful phase which ended with a semi-final loss against England in the recently-concluded World T20, followed by a to and fro of allegations with Mithali Raj.
Raman was among one of the three candidates shortlisted for the role by an ad-hoc panel to select the coach. The panel comprised Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy, and alongside Raman, the shortlist also included the names of former India coach Gary Kirsten and Venkatesh Prasad, which was sent to the Committee of Administrators and the BCCI.
Explaining the process of shortlisting the candidates, Gaekwad said, “Even as there were several questions asked to the candidates, a few basic questions involved were coaching credentials, why they are interested, how do they plan to take the team forward and how many languages they can communicate in. We then also asked them about their expectations, what kind of support staff they would be needing etc. On the basis of that, we came up with our decision.”
Gary Kirsten was first choice?
India’s World Cup-winning coach made an impressive presentation and won the approval of the three-member committee, only to be denied the opportunity to take up the role because of an odd conflict of interest ruling. Kirsten is currently the head coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL – which has nothing to do with women’s cricket. The committee listed their order of preference as Kirsten, WV Raman and Venkatesh Prasad, and accordingly, Raman bagged the role.
ABOUT WV RAMAN
Raman played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs. His first-class career spanned from 1982 to 1999, where he represented Tamil Nadu.
He was a prolific run-getter for Tamil Nadu, scoring 7939 first-class runs. His prime came in the 1988-89 season when he notched up 1018 runs – a then record, which has been surpassed by only 15 other batsmen so far. He stroked two double tons and a triple century that season.
His start to international cricket was good, top-scoring with an 83 and picking up a wicket in his first over against West Indies, in front of his home crowd in Chennai. He even became the first Indian to stroke an ODI century in South Africa.
Even as his international career was short-lived, he has been in the Indian coaching circuit for a long time, serving as the coach of Tamil Nadu (2005-2007), Bengal (2001-02, 2010-13), as the assistant coach with Kings XI Punjab (2013) and as the batting consultant of Kolkata Knight Riders (2014).
Since 2015, he has been working as the batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy. In this period, he also played the role of a coach for India A, Duleep Trophy and Under-19 teams.
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