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.
WV Raman’s term ended in October last year, however, he was asked to hold the position for the recent home series against South Africa. With the re-scheduled 2022 World Cup in New Zealand less than a year away, which will be followed by the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, it is believed that the former opener will retain his position as the head coach.
“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.
“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.
We would need to try and have a preparatory camp before the Test match against England: WV Raman
The 55-year-old 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. South Africa came on back of home matches against Pakistan and was clearly the better and fitter side amongst the two. While India didn’t play a single international game for a year.
“We would need to try and have a preparatory camp or even before that, a fitness and skills camp for a few weeks. It would give the girls a good opportunity to improve upon not only the physical fitness and endurance but also work on the skills part when it comes to handling Test cricket.
“It’s making the girls extend what they do in the other two formats. It’s also a question of change in mindset required for duration cricket,” the former all-rounder stated.