CoA asks ethics officer to review W.V. Raman's appointment

The process followed for Raman’s selection last December divided the CoA members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji with the latter calling it “unconstitutional”.

W.V. Raman with Shikha Pandey during Indian women's team net session in Mumbai.   -  Vivek Bendre

The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has referred W.V. Raman’s selection as coach of the Indian women’s team to the BCCI ombudsman Justice (Retd) D.K. Jain.  The CoA had resolved to approach the Ombudsman after its meeting in Delhi in April.

The process followed for Raman’s selection last December divided the CoA members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji with the latter calling it “unconstitutional”.

Diana had contended that when the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman was in place, there was no need to appoint an ad-hoc Committee comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.

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Representing the CAC, Laxman had told the CoA that they needed time and also their role to be put in black and white. But Rai went ahead naming Kapil, Gaekwad and Rangaswamy.

The questions that were asked then were: Whether the COA had the authority to appoint an ad hoc committee, whether Raman, the batting coach at the NCA could have been asked to travel with the women’s team to the  West Indies and whether the three member ad-hoc committee attracted the conflict of interest rule being part of the steering committee for the formation of the Indian Cricketers' Association

The CoA - which now has three members with the addition of Lt.Gen. (retd) Ravi Thodge — would want Jain to give his opinion soon because, it is keen to continue with the same panel to choose the head coach and other support staff of the men’s team. It appears the BCCI GM, Operations, Saba Karim, has already spoken to the three former India players.