Former Indian Opener WV Raman Becomes The New Head Coach Of India Women's Team

| December 21 , 2018 , 14:00 IST

Former Indian opener WV Raman, on Thursday has been appointed as the new head coach of the Indian women's cricket team.

Raman who was a batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru will take over the job from Ramesh Powar who was appointed as interim coach of the women's team.

The former Indian opener was selected by an ad-hoc committee comprising of former players Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.

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

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The Cricket board further revealed that "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."

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

Talking about WV Raman's career he played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs for India. His first-class career spanned from 1982 to 1999, where he represented Tamil Nadu. The former Indian opener is well known after he became the batsman from his country to score a century in South Africa. He was also a prolific run-getter for Tamil Nadu and had 7939 first-class runs under his belt.