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Cricket news - Letter to Sourav was to propel him into action to course-correct - WV Raman
"I will accede to all requests of podcast hosts as now I can indulge in freewheeling," Raman said of his immediate plans going forward
People are still trying to wrap their heads around the collective wisdom with which the Cricket Advisory Committee, consisting of Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik, chose not to persist with WV Raman as the India Women coach. After a series of virtual interviews last week, the three-member panel decided to revert to Ramesh Powar, whom Raman replaced towards the end of 2018.
Under Raman, India had a favourable win-loss ratio in both white-ball formats - Mithali Raj's side won 10 and lost seven of its 17 One-Day Internationals, while India stacked up a 15-13 record in Twenty20 Internationals, also reaching the final of the T20 WC in Australia in early 2020.
Following their loss to Australia in the final on March 8, 2020, India were inactive for exactly one year - the Board of Control for Cricket in India turned down an England and Wales Cricket Board initiative for India to tour England last summer - until going down to 1-4 and 1-2 to South Africa in ODI and T20I series respectively this March in Lucknow. Several of the selections, and omissions, for that series were contentious, but the results became a convenient stick with which to prod for a replacement for Raman, who continued as coach for those two series on a temporary basis following the end of his contract in December last year.
Since Thursday, when the BCCI confirmed Powar's reappointment, Raman has confined himself to social media. One of his first acts was to congratulate his successor and wish him and the team ahead of their imminent tour of England. Raman also sent a letter to his former India teammates Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, the BCCI president and the NCA Head of Cricket respectively, a private correspondence that made its way into public domain in no time. In that mail, Raman has offered to 'explain' his style of functioning and work ethics if need be, and volunteered to share his suggestions for the improvement of women's cricket if 'you are interested.'
Raman informed his 'friends in the media' on Twitter that he had no inclination to talk about women's cricket as his tenure had ended. But breaking his self-imposed silence, he shared his view with Cricbuzz on the developments of the last few days, and what his motivation was in writing to Ganguly and Dravid. Excerpts:
You have always been available for your views and opinion, why did you decide to steer clear of the media after a new coach was appointed?
Talking during my tenure (as coach) was mandatory, if only to keep the fans and the public informed to whatever extent possible. On the other hand, talking after being relieved of the responsibility is not right because the team has to move on under the new coach. Once you are not a part of the set-up, even constructive criticism will be counter-productive and not benefit the team. More importantly, I felt that gloating about my tenure or ranting about the BCCI decision was not appropriate when people are being subjected to so much hardship and enduring the pain of losing near and dear ones at an alarming rate.
How disappointing is it to not be able to carry forward your plans/visions for India Women?
Everybody's plans have gone haywire because of covid. People have constantly had to rework and get rewired in so many different ways. But again, we didn't have any cricket to look forward to after the World Cup early last year, which meant the uncertainty didn't give you the encouragement to try and plan what needs to be done.
When you got a decent measure of what covid is all about and with the government rightly subjecting us to lockdowns, you were very sure nothing much was going to happen for the rest of the year. After that, once the contract expired, you don't seriously consider sitting down and chalking out a plan because as somebody who has been a part of this system for 40 years, you don't take anything for granted. I did wait for the process to be completed, after which I would have obviously sat down and planned. Along those lines, I don't think I was necessarily handicapped, or am ruing about all the plans made going waste.
Your email to your former teammates has generated a lot of interest...
(Laughs) My writing to Sourav was to propel him into action to course-correct, if required. The letter dealt with the need for the system to encourage or ensure players adhere to a healthy team culture. Ganguly has seen it all as a former player and captain, and therefore, I felt it was better to get him into the frame. I also added Dravid because he handles cricketers of the future and might make certain aspects a part of the curriculum in the NCA, if he hasn't already.
Typical of the current era, the phrase prima donna, which has never figured in the letter, has hogged the headlines! The whole point of the letter was to appraise Sourav about certain practices that need to be reviewed and rectified, if he so deemed fit.
Some of the points in your letter, did you try to address them when you were the coach?
When I took charge, there were some undercurrents between certain individuals in the side but all that was handled by making them understand that the team is far more important than individuals. That whatever they had achieved thus far, whatever history they had created, they had to keep on replicating that by doing well. And that it is also in the interest of everybody to shed their differences and not carry it on to the field for the simple reason that they stood to benefit a lot more in every respect because as a team, they were gaining momentum. So there were no issues along those lines when I was there.
What I have tried to say in my letter is very simple -- that it's very easy to get carried away doing things in one particular fashion for a long period of time. That's what has been happening. That needs to change. That's what I have tried to drive home in my letter. It's not against any one particular individual as such. Sometimes, things can escape your attention, and I have tried to do my bit to address that.
In hindsight, do you feel if you had appraised the president earlier, it would have made a difference to your fate?
I have never worked towards ensuring that I get a particular job. I execute my job/responsibility after being given one. I don't resort to "PR" -- a euphemism for many unsavoury things in my dictionary.
There appears to have been some communication between you and the BCCI secretary as well...
My tweet to Jay Shah was a response to his communication to me, in which he said nice things, besides thanking me for my contribution during my term. Maintaining decorum by reciprocating in the same tone and spirit is nothing but decency.
Where does WV Raman go from here?
I have never been one to cry over spilt milk. Whenever things don't go according to plan, I ask myself 'what next?', and that's exactly where I am now. I will accede to all requests of podcast hosts as now I can indulge in freewheeling. Like the idea of retirement, 'what next' will also click in your mind without effort. You just have to allow it to happen, hopefully it will happen sooner than later.
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