WV Raman named India Women’s cricket coach
WV Raman, who played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs, is one of the most qualified coaches in India. © BCCI

The former India opener WV Raman was on Thursday confirmed for the position of India’s women’s cricket team coach by the BCCI.

The 53-year-old Raman, who played 27 ODIs and 11 Tests between 1988 and 1997, was the second choice after former South Africa opener and 2011 World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten and ahead of Venkatesh Prasad, the former India pace bowler. However, the BCCI in a release Thursday said that the ad-hoc committee comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy opted for Raman on account of a conflict of interest with Kirsten, who is also the coach of of Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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“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,” read the BCCI statement. “In view of this, the BCCI appointed Mr Raman as the Head Coach of the Indian Women’s Cricket team.”

The ad-hoc committee conducted interviews of the shortlisted candidates at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on on Thursday.

Raman is currently a batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. He has also coached Ranji Trophy teams like Tamil Nadu and Bengal, and has also had a stint with the India Under-19 team.

From his cricketing days, Raman is best remembered for being the first Indian to score a century in South Africa during the 1992-93 tour.