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BCCI Summons Ramesh Powar, Mithali and Harmanpreet Met Separately
By CricShots - Nov 27, 2018 10:10 am
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The Indian women’s T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and ODI skipper Mithali Raj had a meeting with the top BCCI officials on Monday to get clarification on the selection call that has triggered a lot of controversy after the team’s World T20 semi-final loss to England.

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Ramer Powar

Mithali was dropped from the team despite being fit and Kaur had gone on to justify the call even after the humiliating eight-wicket loss on Sunday. Both the veteran cricketers along with manager Trupti Bhattacharya met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim.

Describing the same, Johri said, “Yes, we (Johri and Karim) met Mithali, Harman, and manager Trupti Bhattacharya. All of them met us separately and put across their viewpoints. We have noted everything down. Please don’t ask me what has been discussed during the meeting.”

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It is expected that Johri and Karim will present a detailed report to the CoA which will then assess and, if required, speak to the individuals concerned. Even there were some rumors that the CoA members have spoken to Mithali but it couldn’t be independently verified. Coach Ramesh Powar is expected to meet Johri and Karim on Wednesday.

 

Despite the fact that Powar may not be directly involved in the selection fiasco in Antigua but he is unlikely to get an extension as his interim contract ends on November 30. The BCCI will continue with its policy of inviting fresh applications for the coach’s position and Powar will also be eligible to apply.

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Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur

Describing the same, a senior BCCI official said, “Even a player of Anil Kumble’s stature was asked to re-apply and we don’t see a reason why there should be an exception for Powar. Obviously, Ramesh can also apply but fresh interviews of interested candidates will take place.”

Now, there are certain chances that Mithali may never play the shortest format for India again and, like her contemporary Jhulan Goswami, who only plays in ODIs.