Former Indian opener WV Raman was appointed the coach of Indian women’s cricket team on Thursday, a source from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed to PTI.

India’s World Cup-winning former men’s coach Gary Kirsten and Raman were on Thursday shortlisted for the post of the women’s team coach.

The BCCI’s ad-hoc committee comprising former captain Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy recommended the shortlisted names to the Board.

Following the end of Powar’s interim contract on November 30, the BCCI, on the same day, advertised for the post, fuelling speculations that the Board is looking to replace Powar after Mithali Raj criticised him and selectors for keeping her out of the playing XI against England in the World T20 semi-finals.

On December 11, the BCCI had formed an ad-hoc committee to conduct the interviews of eligible candidates for the post. The panel consisted of legendary Indian cricketers Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy.

The interview of the shortlisted candidates will be conducted on December 20 at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.

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