Raman to continue as Tamil Nadu coach

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Chennai: W.V. Raman will remain as the Tamil Nadu cricket team coach for the next two years. The decision was taken after the meeting of the TNCA Executive committee here on Friday.

TNCA president N. Srinivasan, who presided over the meeting, told The Hindu, “Raman is dedicated to cricket. And he is dedicated to Tamil Nadu. We have decided to continue with him.”

For the first time, the State side will have an assistant coach and a fielding coach. Former South Zone all-rounder D.J. Gokulakrishnan will be Raman’s deputy. T.S. Mohan will guide the cricketers in fielding.

The TNCA secretary K.S. Viswanathan said, “There was too much load on Raman and there was a need to reduce some of it. We believe we have done that.” Raman, who was also the chairman of the selection panel during the first two years, will no longer be a part of the selection committee. Former South Zone batsman M. Senthilnathan comes into the selection panel while former State and South Zone left-hander R. Madhavan has been elevated as the chief of the committee.

“As the coach, Raman will still be a part of the selection proceedings. We just felt there were too many things in his hands. We have a good system in place and the results should start coming. We have lost several players over the last two years due to retirement and the ICL. We are happy with the effort Raman has put in,” said Mr. Viswanathan.

Raman received an offer from Bengal but said coaching the Tamil Nadu side was always his first priority. “It’s good to have continuity,” said Raman.

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