Have no inclination to talk about Indian women’s cricket team, my tenure has ended: Former coach WV Raman

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Moments after reports emerged that former India coach WV Raman has written a letter to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and NCA head Rahul Dravid, the 55-year-old himself took to Twitter and clarified that he was having no inclination to talk about women’s cricket as his tenure was over.

The 55-year-old was replaced by Ramesh Powar on Thursday after Madan Lal-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) preferred the latter after interview rounds. Raman enjoyed decent success during his stint which started in December 2018 and guided the team to the final of T20 World Cup in 2020.

Notably, Raman had succeeded Powar, who was sacked in 2018 after a rift with ODI captain Mithali Raj. The former India off-spinner regaining his position shocked many for the same reason.

PTI on Friday reported that Raman wrote to Ganguly and Dravid and mentioned the star culture in the women’s cricket team.

“As far as I know, Raman has said that he has always ‘believed in team being placed above everybody else, and insisted that no individual can really be a prima donna’,” a source privy to Raman’s mail told PTI.

I have no inclination to talk about women’s cricket now

The former India cricketer made it crystal clear that he was not interested in talking about women’s cricket despite having plenty of time for it after the completion of his tenure. He requested his “friends in media” for their coopeartion.

“So, to wind up this @BCCIWomen episode, I would like to inform my friends in the media that I have no inclination to talk about women’s cricket as my tenure has ended.. So, I solicit your cooperation, friends.

“If you have the inclination, you will have the time”, this was tagline of a watch company.. In my case, I don’t have the inclination, but definitely have lots of time,” he tweeted.

India women squad for England tour announced

BCCI on Friday announced India’s Senior Women squad for the only Test match, ODI and T20 series against England.

As expected 17-year-old opener Shafali Verma broke into the ODI and Test squads. Senior pacer Shikha Pandey, who was dropped from the home series against South Africa Women in March this year, has been called back for the all-important tour ahead of the 50-over World Cup in February next year.

India’s Senior Women squad for Test & ODI : Mithali Raj (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Indrani Roy (wicket-keeper), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav.

India’s Senior Women squad for T20I : Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain) Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Richa Ghosh, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Indrani Roy (wicket-keeper), Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Simaran Dil Bahadur.



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