Following India’s humiliating exit from the ICC Women’s World T20 last Thursday, Indian cricket seems to be mired in controversy over senior team member Mithali Raj’s exclusion from the semi final against England.
In the all important match in Antigua, Raj wasn’t a member of the team that squandered a probable final berth as they slumped to a humiliating eight wicket loss. Sans the experience of the veteran Raj, India were bundled out for a mere 112 runs after they had lost the last seven wickets for just 23 runs.
The controversy now has erupted into a confrontation with Mithali Raj writing to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and the board’s general manager Saba Karim. Lashing out at SC-appointed administrator Diana Edulji, Raj accused her of bias while also accusing coach Ramesh Powar of humiliating and deliberately keeping her out of the team.
In an emotional rant that Raj’s stirred up letter reveals, the star player has revealed how for the first time in a 20 year long career she has felt deflated, depressed and let down. She further accused coach Powar of having ignored her ever since the team had landed on West Indies shores.
The letter also points to an apparent riff between Raj, the ODI captain and T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur though Raj suggests that she is ready to clear the matter out with her junior in the team. The highest run getter in international cricket in one day internationals, Raj is likely to continue as the captain in the 50 over format given the vast reservoir of experience she has to lead the team.