BCCI has received applications for the role of Women’s team head coach after WV Raman’s contract expired in October 2020. He was asked to continue till the South Africa tour ended. Now that the application window has closed, the BCCI will be conducting an online interview to finalize the selection.
It has come to notice that apart from WV Raman reapplying for the job, former Mumbai wicket-keeper Sulakshan Kulkarni and former India women’s team coach Tushar Arothe have also applied for the position. The list of applicants further includes Suman Sharma, Jaya Sharma, Mamatha Maben, Nooshin Al Khadeer, and Hemlata Kala.
WV Raman reapplies for the Head Coach position for the Indian Women’s Cricket Team.
Hemlata Kala, Mamatha Maben, Suman Sharma, Nooshin Al Khadeer, Jaya Sharma are some of the other top names to have applied for the role. #BCCIWomen
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“Having coached so many teams successfully, I’m confident that I will take the Indian women’s cricket team forward,” Kulkarni was quoted saying as per The Times of India. The selection process will be headed by former India great Madan Lal, and the team also includes RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik. It has also come to notice that the BCCI has urged the selectors to have a female figure for key positions in the team.
Raman took over the role in 2019. Since then Indian women have won many laurels in the game as they went on to play their first-ever T20 world cup finals against Australia in Melbourne. He has great experience in the field as he has not just remained by the Indian side, but also coached various state and IPL teams. There are high chances of BCCI roping him for a second round.
When the BCCI had opened the applications, it was mentioned that the role of the coach would not just be with the National side, but also the ‘A’ team and the U-19 team. This year is going to be very crucial for the team as matches and series are lined up one after the other. The Indian side will be going up against England, Australia, and West Indies before playing a tri-series in January, followed by the ODI World Cup.
Many legendary and experienced people have applied for the position, and thus the selection is going to be very tough. The competition is high as a lot is at stake for the team. With a lot of upcoming tours and tournaments in line for the women, the future of the game is very bright and thus the potential candidate will have to have the right skill-set and leadership qualities to lead the girls in the right direction.