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Diana Edulji Calls Process Of Appointing India Women’s Team Coach “Unconstitutional And Illegal”

Written by N Krishnamurthy

WV Raman was on Thursday preferred over celebrated South African Gary Kirsten for the post of India’s women’s cricket coach amid a bitter war of words among the administrators over the selection process. Now the Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji has slammed CoA chief Vinod Rai for resorting to an “unconstitutional and illegal” way of appointing WV Raman as the India women’s cricket team coach.

“Your unilateral decision of appointing the ad hoc committee is not only unconstitutional but also illegal,” Edulji stated in her email to Rai.

WV Raman’s appointment was made despite the Committee of Administrators (COA) being divided on the issue with Edulji asking chairman Rai to put the selection process on hold. BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry too questioned the process being followed as it had Rai’s approval and not Edulji’s.
However, Rai said that the appointment of coach was a must before the tour of New Zealand.

“It will be very unfair to leave the women’s team in limbo — without a coach when they are to embark on a foreign tour. We have had the benefit of a very distinguished panel of selectors who have interviewed very qualified applicants,” he said.


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