WV Raman appointed new head coach of Indian national women’s cricket team

Former India opener Woorkeri Venkat Raman was on December 20, 2018, appointed as the new Head coach of the Indian women’s national cricket team. The announcement was made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

The 53-year-old will take over the role from Ramesh Powar, whose contract was not renewed after the controversies and fall-out with senior women’s cricket team player Mithali Raj. Raman’s first assignment in his new post would be the tour of New Zealand, which starts on January 24, 2019. He has been brought on with a two-year contract.

Key Highlights

1. WV Raman was among one of the three candidates shortlisted for the role by an ad-hoc panel to select the coach.
2. The panel comprised veteran cricketers Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy.
3. Besides Raman, the list included the names of former India coach Gary Kirsten and Venkatesh Prasad.
4. The committee had listed their order of preference as Kirsten, WV Raman and Venkatesh Prasad and the shortlisted names were then sent to the Committee of Administrators and the BCCI.

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