In a sensational turn of events, former India Women's team coach WV Raman has shot an email to the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid stating that a smear campaign has been going on against him. Raman wasn't retained as head coach of the team recently by the Cricket Advisory Committee and they reappointed Ramesh Powar at the helm who held the position in 2018.
Raman wants to know the exact reason his candidature was rejected and has written that if there are any reasons other than his incompetency as coach, it will be extremely disappointing. "I presume you might have been told different views about my style of functioning and work ethic. Whether those views conveyed to the officials of the BCCI had any impact on my candidature is of no consequence now.
"What is important is that the smear campaign seems to have gained some unwarranted traction with some BCCI officials which needs to be halted permanently. I am prepared to give an explanation should you or any of the office bearers require it," he wrote.
While not naming anyone, WV Raman alleged that the star culture in the Indian team is doing more harm to the team than good. The allegations are serious given the condition of Women's cricket in India at the moment even as Raman also cautioned Ganguly and Dravid that things could go in wrong direction if necessary actions aren't taken soon.
"If I were to be rejected due to my incompetency as a coach, there is no argument on a judgment call at all. But what will be extremely disconcerting is if my candidature was rejected due to any other reasons. Especially if it was due to allegations from people who were more focused on achieving their personal objectives at the expense of the overall hygiene and welfare of the Indian women's team and the pride of the country
"If some people in the system have been highly accommodative to the extent of being seemingly obsequious to an accomplished performer for years on end - and if that performer feels constrained to adhere to the culture - then I would leave it to you to decide if the coach was asking for too much.
"The time has come for you two accomplished former legends to salvage women's cricket, falling which things could gather momentum in the wrong direction," Raman email read according to ESPNCricinfo.