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WV Raman to be the next Indian women’s cricket team coach

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WV Raman, Venkatesh Prasad, Gary Kirsten

The Indian Women’s cricket team have been looking for a new head coach after removing Ramesh Powar from the post due to the controversies between him and former Indian captain Mithali Raj. Indian women team were knocked out at the semi-final stage in World Cup by England team.

Mithali Raj the experienced and in-form batswoman was reportedly left on the bench by then head coach Ramesh Powar and eventually India lost the match by 8 wickets in the semi-final of Women’s World T20, which started of the whole drama.

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According to BCCI sources, former Indian batsman WV Raman has been selected as the Indian women’s team coach over the odds of South African Great batsman and World Cup-winning coach for Indian men’s team Gary Kirsten and former Indian bowler Venkatesh Prasad.

The ad-hoc committee of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy has recommended Raman along with Kirsten and Prasad after interviewing 9 shortlisted candidates on Thursday.

Kirsten was not prepared to give up his role as head coach for IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore so he was not considered thereafter for the post. The choice was then between Prasad and Raman and the latter was preferred because of his expertise as a batting coach, an area the team “needs improvement in”, according to the sources.

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53-year old Raman played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs for India over his international career from 1988 to 1997. He has also worked alongside Rahul Dravid with the Indian Under-19 squad just recently and also served as batting consultant for IPL Franchises Kings XI Punjab & Kolkata Knight Riders.

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