WV Raman Will Re-apply For India's Women Team Head Coach
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WV Raman Will Re-apply For India’s Women Team Head Coach

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter

WV Raman, former India opener is all set to reapply for the role of the Indian women team’s head coach, according to the Press Trust of India. WV Raman, who oversaw the preparations for the recently-concluded ODI and T20I series against South Africa, was asked to continue as the head coach despite his contract expiring in October last year.

The BCCI on Tuesday invited applications for the role of women’s team head coach. According to the advertisement, the coach will also have a considerable say in the roadmap for women’s U-19 and ‘A’ teams. It is believed that the senior team head coach will also have a considerable say in the roadmap for the women’s A, Under-19 and NCA teams, the report added.

WV Raman
WV Raman. Image-ICC

WV Raman Will Apply For The Post Of Women’s Head Coach

Former India opener WV Raman is all set to re-apply for the head coach’s post of the Indian women’s cricket team as the BCCI is looking at empowering him with more responsibilities.

BCCI has published the advertisement on its website as per the requirements of its new constitution which states that the ending of every contractual agreement should be followed by seeking fresh applications.

Woorkeri Venkat Raman, or referred to as WV Raman, is set to re-apply for the role of head coach of the India Women’s senior team after his two-year contract expired last year as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sent out a release for applicants for the vacant spot.

“As far as I know, WV will be applying for the post. Under his guidance, the women’s team reached the finals of the World T20. And don’t forget this series against South Africa was the first in one year. He is well within his rights to re-apply and I believe he remains a strong contender,’ a senior BCCI official told PTI.

Mithali Raj File Image (Twitter.com/@ICC)
Mithali Raj File Image (Twitter.com/@ICC)

With the women’s ODI World Cup re-scheduled in New Zealand in less than a year’s time in 2022 and a full tour of England in June-July, it will be interesting to see if the BCCI, which has always believed in continuity, persists with the stylish former southpaw or looks at other options. Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will follow the 2022 Women’s World Cup.

The 55-year-old WV Raman reckons that the team should have a preparatory camp before they take on England in a one-off Test match in June this year. The Mithali Raj-led side will play its first Test in more than 6 years when they tour England for 1 Test, 3 ODIs, and 3 T20Is. WV Raman’s remarks came in view of the recent series loss to South Africa, India’s first series in a year post the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup final.
Mithali Raj is hopeful that the continuation of the Women’s T20 Challenge for another two years will pave the way for the Women’s Indian Premier League.

ECB Confirms Women’s Tour To England Will Comprise Of One-Off Test, 3 ODIs, and 3 T20Is

Only on Tuesday, the ECB confirmed the schedule of the tour, which was initially revealed by BCCI secretary Jay Shah. The Indian women’s cricket team will play a historic one-off Test against England in Bristol as part of a multi-format series that will also feature three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals starting June 16.

“Whoever is the new head coach will have more say as we plan to develop a robust A and U-19 team before we can start a full-fledged six or eight-team women’s IPL. And who better than the new chief coach to monitor a smooth transition from U-19 to senior level for the girls,” the official said.

Ashish Kapoor - File Photo , Zee News
Ashish Kapoor – File Photo, Zee News

The BCCI will also have a fresh set of junior selectors with the ICC Under-19 World Cup scheduled to be held next year. The appointments to replace the Ashish Kapoor-led committee was delayed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which also led to the age-group cricket being postponed.

However, it is understood that the U-19 One Day Championship for the Vinoo Mankad Trophy will start at the end of May or early June.

The junior selection committee will also be in charge of selecting the U-23 Emerging India squad. For the junior selection committee, the criteria is a minimum of 25 first-class games and also retirement from competitive cricket for at least five years.