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WV Raman named head coach of India women's team
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WV Raman named head coach of India women's team

Former India batsman W.V. Raman has been appointed head coach of the women's cricket team, days after an acrimonious row over a star player's omission from the Twenty20 World Cup.

Former South African cricketer Gary Kirsten was the top choice but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said he was ineligible due to an ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Raman, who played 11 Tests, replaces Ramesh Powar whose term ended abruptly last month after Indian star Mithali Raj accused him of trying to destroy her career.

Powar in turn accused Raj of trying to blackmail officials.

The row erupted after Raj, the highest run scorer in the women's international game, was left out of the side for the semi-final against England in the recent T20 World Cup.

The 53-year-old Raman, who will be the fourth coach of the women's team in 20 months, welcomed his appointment.

"Thanks you all folks, for the wishes and your kind words. Means a lot," he tweeted.

Kirsten, who led the India men's team to success at the 2011 World Cup, is head coach of IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore.