MUMBAI: Former opener
was on Thursday preferred over celebrated South African
for the post of India’s women’s cricket coach despite dissent in the selection process.
The 53-year-old Raman is currently a batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. His first assignment is
“Kirsten was the top choice for the BCCI ad-hoc selection committee but Raman got the job as South African was not giving up his plum job with IPL franchise
. He could not be convinced on choosing between IPL and national team, “a BCCI official told PTI.
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The selection committee comprised former captain Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.
The panel recommended three names – Kirsten, Raman and Venkatesh Prasad (in order of preference) – to the Board, a reliable source said. Eventually, the BCCI picked Raman for the job
The appointment was made of the Committee of Administrators (COA)
asking chairman Vinod Rai BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry too questioned the process being followed as it was Riy’s approval and not Edulji’s.
Raman, who played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs, is now one of the most qualified coaches in the country. He has coached big
teams like Tamil Nadu and Bengal, and has also had a stint with the India U-19 team.
From his playing days, Raman is best remembered for being the first Indian to score a century in South Africa during the 1992-93 tour.
Apart from Kirsten, Raman and Prasad, the other shortlisted candidates out of the 28 applicants who were interviewed were Manoj Prabhakar, Trent Johnston, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Brad Hogg and Kalpana Venkatachar.
Kirsten was interviewed via Skype with four others while one interview was conducted on the phone. Raman, Manoj Prabhakar and the incumbent
appeared in person
Kirsten, who had guided India’s men’s team to the 2011 World Cup triumph, was the number one choice but needed to step down from his RCB role to a potential conflict of interest. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri also spoke to Kirsten and RCB officials but could not reach an agreement
“Gary’s contention is how can coaching a women’s national team be a conflict of interest, while being in charge of a men’s IPL team, he can not be convinced on that. Having said that, Raman is a good choice as the team needs a batting coach at the moment. Prasad was number three in the pecking order, “said the BCCI official.
The ad-hoc panel too made it clear to Kirsten that he would have had to work with RCB.
“Practically, there is no conflict of interest, but if you go by the book, it will open pandora’s box. Tomorrow, Ravi Shastri (India men’s coach) will demand that he be allowed to do IPL commentary and Rahul Dravid (India A coach ) may request that he should be allowed to mentor a IPL franchise, “the official added.
Kirsten had been head coach of the Indian team for three years from 2008 to 2011. He then coached South Africa from 2011 to 2013. He is currently the RCB head coach in the
The BCCI invited fresh applications for the job after Powar’s brief stint as interim coach last month, in rather controversial circumstances.
The Supreme Court-appointed COA has been divided over the coach selection process ever since.
While Edulji wanted Powar to continue to stay at the New Zealand tour starting next month, Rai instructed the BCCI top brass to invite fresh applications.
Powar’s controversial interim term ends on November 30 after a crushing defeat against captain and senior player
over selection issues during the World Cup
Powar decided to re-apply after T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and his deputy Smriti Mandhana came out in strong support of the Indian spinner.