WV Raman writes to Ganguly, Dravid calling for end to star culture in Indian women's team
A day after WV Raman was replaced by Ramesh Powar as India women’s head coach, the former India opener dashed off an email to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, Sourav Ganguly, and National Cricket Academy (NCA) head Rahul Dravid calling for an end to the star culture in the team and his willingness to present a roadmap for the betterment of the game.
Raman wasn’t available for comment, but sources told The Telegraph he wanted to come clean on the allegations about his non-performance and lack of pro-activeness in team matters.
“If some people in the system have been highly accommodated to the extent of being seemingly obsequious to an accomplished player for years, and if that performer feels constrained to that culture, I would leave it to you to decide as a successful former captain if the coach was asking for too much,” the letter to the Board president says.
Though Raman has not named anyone, a very senior player in the side has borne the brunt of his vitriol.
“If I were to be rejected due to my incompetence as a coach, there is no argument at all because that is a judgment call. But what will be extremely disconcerting is if my candidature was rejected due to any other reasons especially due to allegations from people who more focussed on achieving their personal objectives at the expense of the overall hygiene and welfare of Indian women’s team and pride of the country,” Raman wrote.
“In my career spanning 20 years, I have always had work culture in which ‘team comes first’ and no individual was overriding the game or team.”
Raman wrote his “style of function and work ethics are of no consequence now. However, what is important to me is that the smear campaign has gained unwarranted traction with some BCCI officials which needs to be halted permanently. I am prepared to provide explanation (sic).”
Mithali Raj, meanwhile, was retained captain for the Tests and ODIs in England. Jharkhand’s Indrani Roy got her maiden call-up.