The 53-year old W.V.Raman has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team since Ramesh Powar’s tenure expired on November 30. BCCI confirmed the news late on Thursday.
Raman’s selection was based on recommendations of the ad-hoc committee comprising former India captain and coach Kapil Dev, former India opener Anshuman Gaekwad and former India women’s team captain Shantha Rangaswamy.
The ad-hoc committee interviewed 10 candidates for the post and shortlisted 3 of them. “The ad-hoc committee decided on the following three names in the order of preference – 1) Gary Kirsten, 2) WV Raman and 3) Venkatesh Prasad,” tells BCCI.
India’s World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten was the first choice. However, he was unable to take up the assignment due to his ongoing contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL which happens to be a conflict of interest. In view of this, Raman happened to be the second choice and was selected as the head coach of the women’s cricket team.
Announcement: @wvraman appointed Head Coach of Indian Women’s Cricket team
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) December 20, 2018
- The Tamil Nadu cricketer was a left-handed batsman and a part-time left arm spinner. He played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs for India.
- In his first-class career, playing for Tamil Nadu he scored 7939 runs in 132 matches at an average of 45.62 which included 19 centuries and 36 half centuries. His highest score is a massive 313.
- The part-time left-arm spinner also has 85 first-class wickets under his belt.
- His coaching stint began with Tamil Nadu itself. He was the Tamil Nadu head coach from 2006 to 2009.
- In 2010, he became the head coach of Bengal, only to come back to Tamil Nadu in 2013.
- He was also made the assistant coach of the Kings XI Punjab in 2013 and later Kolkata Knight Riders batting coach in 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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