Mithali Raj’s omission in the match against England at the T20I World Cup has led to another saga, with head coach Ramesh Powar claiming that the player threatened to pull out of the squad and retire if she was not allowed to open.
Powar also maintained that Mithali Raj should quit “blackmailing and pressurising” coaches in order to pursue her interests ahead of the team.
According to ESPN Cricinfo, the coach met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and the board’s head of cricket operations Saba Karim before e-mailing his final report to the pair.
Earlier, Mithali had written to Johri and Karim accusing Ramesh Powar of humiliating her and threatening to destroy her career.
“I hope Mithali Raj stops blackmailing, pressurising coaches & also stops putting her interest first than team’s,” Powar wrote in his report, accessed by ESPNcricinfo. “I hope she will look at the bigger picture & work towards the betterment of the Indian women’s cricket.”
According to the coach, it was Mithali who had initially threatened to retire ahead of India’s group fixture against Pakistan. Mithali had not batted against New Zealand where India posted the highest total in the World T20 campaign.
According to Powar, Mithali struggled to score quick runs and was slow in practice, where her intent was missing.
“Mithali’s lack of intent to score quickly in practice games prompted us to open with Taniya Bhatiya who always showed intent every time she batted. We used Taniya and D Hemalatha in Powerplay vs New Zealand which got us 24 runs in 13 balls. It’s not always about individual milestones, it’s always about team strategies and executions.”
(Inputs from ESPN Cricinfo)