WV Raman’s unceremonious sacking as the head coach of the Indian women’s team sparked considerable controversy and surprise, with the BCCI ending up receiving flak. On the 13th of May, BCCI decided to re-appoint former Indian off-spinner Ramesh Powar as the head coach instead. However, while several experts questioned and many theories did rounds, WV Raman believes too much has been made of his sacking and that he enjoyed with the female cricketers.
WV Raman was the one replacing Ramesh Powar as the coach of the women’s team back in December 2018 after the latter experienced a fallout with veteran player Mithali Raj. Mithali Raj hit out at Ramesh Powar and captain Harmanpreet Kaur for dropping her from the 2018 T20 World Cup’s semi-final that India lost to England by eight wickets. Raj singled out Pawar, who she blamed for trying to destroy her career.
Meanwhile, under WV Raman, India produced some excellent performances, notably reaching the final of the T20 World Cup last year. After Pawar replaced the 55-year old, he accused BCCI President Sourav Ganguly of a smear campaign and requested to stop the same. Raman claimed that he was ready to give any explanation that needed to regarding his style of functioning and ethic. He explained the same by revealing that his writing to Ganguly was mainly about the need for the players to have a healthy team culture.
I don’t really see why this has been going on for too long: WV Raman
WV Raman claimed that he enjoyed his tenure with the Indian women’s outfit and that people have made too much about his removal as a coach. The 55-year old underlined that when he used to be a player, there was a group of people selecting the side and not at all times; everyone got the nod. He felt that the BCCI could have given an indication of replacing him; however, he believes that people have recognized some good things during his stay.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my tenure with the girls. I think there is too much being made out of this exit bit. When I was a player there used to be a group of people selecting the side, sometimes they picked you, and sometimes they didn’t. I don’t really see why this has been going on for too long. Yes, momentarily people could have spoken about it (BCCI replacing him with Romesh Powar). That means people have recognised some good things that happened during my tenure but that should end there,” Raman said as quoted by India Today.