The appointment of Team India head coach WV Raman in controversial circumstances will be reviewed by Board of Control for Cricket in India ombudsman and Ethics Officer DK Jain, the Committee of Administrators decided in a meeting in New Delhi on Saturday.
Former India opener Raman was appointed in December following a selection process conducted by an ad-hoc panel comprising former captain Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.
However, the then two-member CoA comprising chairman Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji were strongly divided on the coach selection process.
While Rai had approved the appointment, Edulji called the entire process a “sham and unconstitutional”, saying the the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, which had requested for more time, was entrusted with the responsibility of picking the coach.
Four months later, the matter has been referred to the Ombudsman.
“We have referred the matter to the Ombudsman and it will be his call whether the appointment will need to be reviewed or not,” said a BCCI official after the meeting.
Performances under Raman have been a mixed bag with the team doing well in beating New Zealand and reigning World Cup champions England in the ICC ODI Championship. However, the results in the T20 format have a left a lot to be desired after a 0-3 scoreline against hosts New Zealand as well as the visiting England side.
The 53-year-old from Chennai was given charge of the team after the unceremonious exit of Ramesh Powar.
The BCCI had invited fresh applications for the job after Powar’s brief stint as interim coach ended in November in rather controversial circumstances.
The Supreme Court-appointed CoA had been divided over the selection process ever since fresh applications were invited.
Powar’s controversial interim tenure ended on November 30 after a bitter fallout with ODI captain and senior player Mithali Raj over selection issues during the World T20 in the West Indies.
Powar decided to re-apply after T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana came out in strong support of the former India spinner but was overlooked for the job.