WV Raman’s Sacking Brings Cricket Advisory Committee Under BCCI Scanner: Report

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WV Raman removal: Former cricketer and women’s team coach WV Raman has now been ousted from the position of head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team. He has been replaced by Ramesh Powar. However, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC)  led by Madan Lal and the Neetu David-led selection panel has now come under the BCCI scanner for appointing Powar.

It is said that the top officials from the BCCI are having difficulty in fathoming the reason behind WV Raman’s removal from the post.

Raman was the head coach during the runners-up finish of the Indian Women’s side at the T20 World Cup last year. “Maddi paaji (that’s how Madan Lal is addressed in Indian cricket fraternity) celebrated his 70th birthday on March 20, 2021. The BCCI, in its appeal to Supreme Court against some of the reforms, doesn’t ask for roll-back of age-cap of 70 years. So how come Madan Lal was allowed to sit in CAC meeting?” a senior member asked.

It is learnt that Raman has written a letter to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and also marked it to National Cricket Academy head Rahul Dravid, the Outlook reported.

BCCI officials can’t decide on why WV Raman was ousted

Sulakshana Naik, a former former player, who is the sister of Mumbai Cricket Association president Sanjay Naik, and attended all the three CAC meetings for various appointments. A source stated that it felt as if Naik had made the decision to remove WV Raman for performing poorly in one series.

An official also stated that the platform had been set for Ramesh Powar’s appointment as head coach.

However, some critics believe that Raman isn’t without fault. A member confessed that many of the girls from his team felt “under-appreciated.”

It is also said that Raman had unwittingly given gloves woman Nuzhat Parween a debut cap, without knowing that she had already played both ODIs and T20Is for India.

This is a developing story.