W.V. Raman set to become women’s cricket team coach

The 53-year-old Raman is currently a batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

W.V. Raman, the former India opening batsman who is at present a key member of the BCCI’s player-development programme, has emerged as the front-runner for the post of the India women’s head coach after an eventful day at the BCCI headquarters here on Friday.

Raman was among the 10 candidates interviewed by a three-member ad-hoc committee appointed by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to select a new head coach for the women’s team after Ramesh Powar’s controversial term expired on November 30.

It is understood that the ad-hoc panel, comprising former India captain and coach Kapil Dev, former India opener and coach Aunshuman Gaekwad and former India women captain Shantha Rangaswamy, had suggested Gary Kirsten, India’s World Cup-winning coach in 2011, Raman and Venkatesh Prasad as the top three options for the role.

RCB contract

The Hindu understands that, after consulting the BCCI legal team over a possible conflict of interest, Kirsten was asked to quit as the Royal Challengers Bangalore coach. However, once the former South Africa opener declined to let go of the lucrative IPL post, Raman — who has a fine crickting brains — will in all likelihood take over from Powar, who was also interviewed in person on Thursday.

Raman has been working as the batting coach at the National Cricket Academy and has travelled with the India Under-19 or other developmental squads as coach in Rahul Dravid’s absence.

Powar kept out

Meanwhile, Kapil Dev’s panel is understood to have told Powar — whose differences with star batswoman Mithali Raj during last month’s World Twenty20 came out in public — that it won’t be prudent to persist with him, considering the bad blood that was created among the women cricketers due to the spat and the support he garnered through T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana.

The formal announcement of the coach’s appointment was delayed due to procedural reasons. The BCCI office-bearers, as stated by treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry in a 15-page letter to the CoA, have distanced themselves from the process.

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