Reports: Sourav Ganguly expresses disappointment over WV Raman’s sacking as India Women’s head coach
The CAC decided to bring back Ramesh Powar, who was sacked from the same position in 2018 following a fallout with ODI skipper Mithali Raj.
Updated - May 22, 2021 12:01 pm
Last week, WV Raman made way for Ramesh Powar as the head coach of the Indian Women’s team. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) decided to bring back Powar, who already served as the national coach from August 2018 to the end of the year. Raman was deemed favourite to retain his spot after Team India qualified for the final of the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia last year.
However, the CAC had other ideas as they gave Powar another chance to make amends. In 2018, the 43-year-old Powar was sacked after his fallout with ODI skipper Mithali Raj following India’s semi-final exit in the T20 World Cup in the West Indies. In the semis, the Women in Blue lost to England Women by eight wickets after which things turned ugly between Raj and Powar.
Ganguly reacts after WV Raman’s exit
In the meantime, Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), formally, has expressed his displeasure over Raman’s exit, Cricbuzz reported. The report added that Ganguly, also a former Indian skipper, was surprised as India had played a final of an ICC event under Raman. However, the veteran didn’t comment on the re-appointment of Powar.
Under Raman’s coaching, India played five T20I series and as many ODI series. Raj and Co tasted significant success, winning four out of the five series in the 50-overs format. Their only defeat came against South Africa earlier this year. As far as Powar is concerned, he will fly to the United Kingdom (UK) for the series against England. Thereafter, India are set to play another series against Australia.
The tour of England starts on June 16 with the Only Test at the County Ground in Bristol. It will be followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is from June 27 to July 15. As far as Raman is concerned, he has received an offer to work with the Hyderabad Cricket Association from Mohammad Azharuddin.
Raman had previously worked with Bengal and Tamil Nadu state teams, and Punjab Kings (PBKS), and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 11 Tests and 27 ODIs, from 1988 to 1997, Raman managed 1065 runs with one century and seven half-centuries.