The ouster of WV Raman because the Indian ladies’s cricket crew head coach and the reinstatement of Ramesh Powar to the publish has proven that the Board of Control for Cricket in India has not been taking a look at it long-term. Without taking away the teaching credentials of Powar, who earlier this yr guided Mumbai to Vijay Hazare Trophy (home 50-overs competitors) and in addition did his BCCI Level-2 teaching course, it was obscure why Raman was not given an extension, simply the identical means Powar was ousted after only a half-year stint in 2018 by which he guided the crew to ICC Women’s World T20 semifinals.
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And, simply once you thought Raman did a good job, guiding India to the T20 World Cup closing final yr earlier than the world went into the lockdown because of the pandemic and was additionally getting ready the crew for subsequent yr’s 50-over World Cup in Australia-New Zealand, got here this newest improvement.
In the previous, the ladies’s crew coach publish was not fastened. Former India ladies’s crew captain, off-spinner and all-rounder, Purnima Rau, was sacked a few months earlier than the 2017 Women’s World Cup. Rau was the final girl coach of the Indian crew, after which Tushar Arothe, Ramesh Powar and WV Raman held the reins.
Rau, who performed in 5 Tests and 33 ODIs between 1993 and 2000, is steering herself away from the disagreeable developments in ladies’s cricket. The 54-year-old is devoting her time to natural farming about 40kms away from Hyderabad. “I grow organic vegetables and fruits and distribute them to families and friends. In women’s cricket, I could not enjoy the fruits of my labour during my playing and coaching days. In organic farming, I am enjoying my moments and they are sweeter than what I tasted in Indian women’s cricket,” she tells information18.com on this unique chat.
Rau is deeply damage with the flip of occasions within the current previous and was pained to replicate upon what occurred to her 4 years in the past. Excerpts:
What did you make of the entire scenario in Indian ladies’s cricket? Ramesh Powar is the brand new coach however WV Raman has not performed something incorrect in his tenure to be not given an extension?
Coaches are taken with no consideration. There appears to be no respect for us. It is a rot and everyone is accountable. The gamers, directors, help workers, everybody. Now it has come to a stage the place it’s affecting the sport. When I took over as coach within the mid-2010s, I had a fun-loving, harmless, very gifted, beautiful crew. A few months previous to the 2017 World Cup (by which India misplaced to England by 9 runs within the closing at Lord’s), I used to be booted out for no matter causes that weren’t given to me in any respect. Do you imply to say, any coach could make a crew in a single month earlier than the World Cup? Tushar Arothe then or for Ramesh Powar, now with lower than a yr left for the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup, it isn’t potential. Everybody has stopped pondering why this crew is doing properly. There isn’t any point out of me within the sense that I’ve sacrificed a lot for the crew. It was a pleasure to be part of the crew and convey it to this peak. Unfortunately, I used to be not there to take pleasure in that second. No regrets. It is a rot that worries me now. No one desires to do something about it. Things are persevering with the best way it was. Everybody is to be blamed – former gamers, directors of each state. They have uncared for the sport. It is doing extra hurt now.
Can you elaborate on the rot you talked about?
When we received the T20 sequence for the primary time in Australia in 2015-16, I keep in mind the crew to be a really harmless, pleased, hungry bunch. It was good to see them within the World Cup closing in a matter of months. But, after tasting success, the contract system, social media changing into highly effective, Big Bash League, media consideration, cash, captaincy points, every part began snowballing into a giant challenge between them. There isn’t any camaraderie, no bonding between the gamers. Suddenly every part may change with the whiff of cash. They couldn’t deal with success and cash.
Former gamers have been doing it for ages. When you get a little bit little bit of energy, every part else goes out of the window. It is infectious. They had been all the time energy hungry. Women’s cricket suffers. One administrator blamed the opposite, and this continued into the participant’s system. It is a rot. Sourav Ganguly has to go forward and repair it. How lengthy will this go on, I don’t know. It will take time. Ramesh Powar has taken over as the brand new coach, he has to repair it. The onus is on him. Some stricter measures and accountability, whether or not it’s for selectors, coaches, directors in every state, have to be in place. Women’s cricketers have it in them to win the World Cup. I’ve instructed this many occasions within the crew conferences once I was the coach. Indian crew can win the World Cup not as soon as however three-four occasions consecutively and stamp their class. Our home construction is sweet. But the psychological half, the perspective of the gamers are completely going astray.
Why is that this taking place to the coach all the time? The coaches aren’t given an extended run.
Nobody is pleased with any coach. What are the coaches there for? They are there to information the gamers. Each coach has performed it in his or her personal means. They have introduced one thing or the opposite to the desk. The gamers know what I’ve performed for them, what Ramesh Powar (in his first temporary stint), Tushar Arothe or WV Raman have performed for the crew. We are simply thrown apart. Is that proper? Something is incorrect. Somebody is encouraging this sort of behaviour.
Are the present gamers additionally to be blamed for the ‘rot’ that you simply talked about above?
Whoever these superstars are, those with a little bit of success, they simply construct a wall round them, have agendas, there’s a fixed bickering inside the crew and the sport is simply out of the window. Nobody is giving motive for any sort of sacking.
There are points with choice of gamers. What’s taking place there?
If someone is sweet, her approach is sweet, can get runs at an excellent tempo, why not choose her for all of the codecs? Did not Virender Sehwag change the best way Test cricket was performed? Why can’t we decide Shafali Verma for all codecs (Shafali was not included within the ODI sequence towards South Africa lately however has earned her maiden Test and ODI name up for the upcoming tour of England). First of all, getting younger expertise in ladies’s cricket is hard. And, once you get it, why can’t you employ her in all codecs? Former gamers have vested pursuits. Everything is going on as per the vested pursuits. Everybody has an agenda, and the agenda shouldn’t be Indian cricket. The women comprehend it they usually have messed it up for themselves.
I learnt that Ramesh Powar ready the crew that was taken over by Raman, and Raman has now mentioned that he has ready this crew that Powar is taking up. If that’s the case, who made the crew for Tushar Arothe to take cost in 2017 earlier than the World Cup? Why are the ladies not speaking about it? Whatever I’ve achieved, every part has gone down the drain. Not that I care however I’ve conscience, gamers ought to have conscience, directors ought to have conscience. I’ve managed with out help workers. I didn’t have a crew supervisor initially. I used to be doing the supervisor’s position. I had simply three help workers – a video analyst, a physio and a coach. Team supervisor got here in late by which era I had already ready the logistics. Today’s coach has a big help workers. The present gamers don’t have the braveness and guts to acknowledge my contribution. Is this what the sport has taught them? Don’t they’ve conscience? My solely factor is let the main focus be on the sport, let the purpose for the World Cup and work in direction of it.
How can this challenge be solved?
Put the gamers of their locations, put the previous cricketers of their locations. Ask them to work for a number of months with out being paid. Let them establish amongst these people who find themselves real with none vested pursuits. Cut the useless twigs from the plant, take away the pests, and preserve the plant in sunshine, so to say in farming language. Throw away all of the garbage that’s in ladies’s cricket. Someone with energy has to do it. If it isn’t performed, this rot will proceed. Someone has to point out extra curiosity in direction of ladies’s cricket within the BCCI. They have thrown away us coaches after holding us only for the sake of it.
It should damage you not simply as a former coach but in addition a former India ladies’s crew captain and a profitable off-spinner and all-rounder. How was it in your enjoying days?
It was even worse. I used to be kicked out of captaincy. We received the Centenary Cup in New Zealand (1994-95), a uncommon abroad victory additionally involving Australia. Can anybody take away my achievement as a participant and later as a coach? They can take away the coach’s publish from me however not what I’ve contributed to the Indian ladies’s cricket out of my life. People may ask me why I didn’t communicate then. The reply is easy. I had none to whom I may write a letter to. I didn’t have a Sourav Ganguly then. I had individuals coming out and in of the BCCI. I didn’t know whom to speak to, ask for a motive. It was so ill-mannered to not give a motive as to why I used to be eliminated as coach. People had been listening to solely the one aspect of the story, which is the gamers’ aspect. But I’m not damage, I’m not pained. It is a sport in spite of everything. Now with WV Raman’s removing, there may be a lot consideration to his ouster. The gamers and the BCCI know what I’ve performed to the crew.
It shouldn’t be taking place solely now. It has been taking place since 1973 (when Women’s Cricket Association of India was shaped). The women are good, very gifted, they will actually stamp their class, however there are such a lot of individuals pulling it down, and people individuals comprehend it. The gamers, ex-players, directors, help workers, they know what they’ve performed. It is time they made amends.
Did you count on Raman to get replaced as coach when he has not performed something incorrect with the crew and guided it to the T20 World Cup closing final yr? And, all the nation went to a lockdown quickly after, so nothing a lot may very well be performed about ladies’s cricket.
I knew Raman’s days as ladies’s cricket coach had been numbered. I additionally know that Ramesh Powar’s days as coach of the ladies’s crew are numbered if individuals don’t take motion now. It is the coaches who’re axed. Nothing occurs to anyone else. We coaches are made the mincemeat of the entire scenario.
Why is it that the coaches are simple targets all the time?
Senior gamers have achieved and contributed to the sport that you simply depart it to them to make their resolution when to give up. They know they can’t go on eternally. Senior gamers know what can contribute and what they can’t. They know the roles themselves. We ought to depart it to the gamers. That respect we must always give them. They might not have learnt to present respect to others however a minimum of I give them respect for his or her longevity. Also, you haven’t unearthed expertise to switch them. You are chopping and chopping, not permitting gamers to be nurtured. How will you make one other Mithali Raj or Jhulan Goswami? That can also be what I imply by rot. I think about this sport. The sport won’t endure due to a number of people.
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Should the ladies’s crew be coached solely by a girl?
It doesn’t matter. The gamers ought to be capable of assess and know what every coach has dropped at the desk. They are those who ought to be capable of reply this query higher. They wished a male coach, the truth is. They have been with each, female and male coaches. In this Covid time, they (all these related with ladies’s cricket) have extra time to look again and ponder over what they’ve performed to ladies’s cricket, what they might have performed and the place they’ve tousled and make amends if they’re able. It is a thankless job. From the underside of my coronary heart, I thank WV Raman, Ramesh Powar, Anju Jain, Sudha Shah and whoever has coached the ladies’s crew for struggling a lot. It is a problem for Ramesh Powar now.
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