WV Raman appointed head coach of India women’s team

Mumbai: Former India opener W V Raman has been appointed as the new head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement here on yesterday that the selection of Raman was based on recommendations of the ad-hoc committee comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.

53-year-old Raman was among 28 candidates including former India coach Gary Kirsten and Venkatesh Prasad to bag the high-profile job.

He will take over the role from Ramesh Powar, who served on an interim basis which ended with a semi-final loss against England in the recently-concluded World T20.

However, veteran batswoman Mithali Raj blasted coach Powar accusing him of ill-treatment and discrimination during the World T20 tournament in November, leaving the Indian team split over the issue.

Raman is a vastly-experienced coach having been in charge of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and India Under-19 teams in the past. He had played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs for India. His first-class career spanned from 1982 to 1999, where he represented Tamil Nadu.

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