Kapil Dev, who was one of the member in selecting the new coach for Indian women team is pretty upset by the way the things has gone after the selection for the coach is over. Without taking the name of Diana Edulji (the Committee of Administrators member who has questioned the process by which Raman was appointed, calling fellow CoA member Vinod Rai’s decision to appoint an ad hoc committee – rather than have the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) select the coach – an illegal step.
“I am very disturbed about what all is happening,” Kapil told PTI. “I don’t want to take names but ego of one particular individual shouldn’t be an impediment towards developing the women’s game in the country. Someone might have his or her personal likes or dislikes but that is not above the interest of the national women’s team.”
“Look at the names who applied,” Kapil said. “Gary Kirsten, who coached India to World Cup. Venkatesh Prasad, who was Indian men’s team bowling coach. Raman has earned respect from everyone with his technical knowledge. If anyone has problem with these names, then he/she doesn’t have best interest of Indian cricket in mind.
“Just tell me where was women’s cricket at least 10 years back. Who raised the profile? It’s the players like Mithali and Harman. They have raised it to such a level that even someone like me, who didn’t keep a track of what was happening a decade back, wanted to contribute,” Kapil said.
“Tell me one thing. Myself, Anshu and Shantha, we all have other commitments also. When we were approached, we agreed because all of us thought that we would be able to make a difference. Is it a fair thing to rake up controversy and derail the development that has happened over the years?”