Amidst the drama and controversies surrounding the India women’s camp, BCCI has confirmed the appointment of Woorkeri Venkat Raman as the team head coach.
“Raman's selection was based on recommendations of the ad-hoc committee comprising India's first World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev, former India opener Anshuman Gaekwad and ex-women's team member Shantha Rangaswamy,” said BCCI on its website.
The ad-hoc committee conducted interviews of the shortlisted candidates at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Thursday. The ad-hoc committee decided on the following three names in the order of preference – Gary Kirsten, WV Raman, and Venkatesh Prasad.
However, Kirsten was unable to take up the job, for he still has his contract with Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challenger Bangalore, the council said.
The announcement came weeks after a series of bust-ups involving some executives and senior players in the country’s largest sports department.
The hogwash incidents in the top management came into light after India bowed out with an eight-wicket humiliating defeat against England in the World T20 semi-final at Antigua in November. Veteran player Mithali Raj accused coach Ramesh Powar and CoA member Diana Edulji for ill-treatment and discrimination.
Days later, Powar responded to Mithali’s claim and accused her of selfish behavior and bad temper. The former off-spinner replaced Tushar Arothe in August following a rift between the coach and a few senior players.