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Diana Edulji Reveals Saba Karim Will Meet Indian Women Cricketers
By CricShots - Nov 26, 2018 11:57 am
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Diana Edulji, the member of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), has denied requesting the current Indian team management for its fitness logs for veteran Mithali Raj after she was dropped for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 semi-final against England Women in Antigua on Friday. The decision, later on, raised eyebrows as the team was defeated by eight wickets to crash out of the tournament following five unbeaten matches in a row.

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Mithali Raj

On Sunday, some of the reports suggested that the CoA would call on India Women’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali to discuss the matter of the latter’s exclusion from the team’s lineup for Friday’s World T20 semi-final. It was also reported that India team manager Trupti Bhattacharya’s report on a meeting between Harmanpreet, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, coach Romesh Powar and selector Sudha Shah was leaked.

“The CoA has not asked for Mithali’s logs,” Edulji told CricketCountry on Monday, also stating that the CoA will not be meeting Mithali, Harmanpreet, and Bhattacharya, but that the BCCI General Manager Saba Karim would.

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Harmanapreet decided to field the same XI that beat Australia in their last league match, dropping Mithali who scored back-to-back fifties. The decision polarised opinion among former players, while Mithali’s manager Annisha Gupta lashed out at the Indian team management by calling Harmanpreet “a manipulative, lying cheat” and an “undeserving captain”.

According to The Times of India, Bhattacharya’s minutes reportedly stated: “I, as manager, convened the meeting. They (captain, coach, and selector) discussed the wicket and the coach expressed that the same winning combination against Australia should play. Harman and Smriti shared the same view and also told the selector, Sudha Shah, that an extra bowler would help the team.”

Diana Edulji
Diana Edulji

Mithali’s ODI team-mate Jhulan Goswami also expressed her sadness over the exclusion of Mithali in the World T20 semi-final, while Sourav Ganguly said it did not surprise him.

Mithali, the veteran of 85 ODIs which fetched her 2283 runs at 37.42 with 17 fifties, scored 56 and 51 in India’s wins over Pakistan Women and Ireland Women before she was rested for the last league match against Australia Women, which India won by 48 runs to top their group. She is also India’s all-time leading run-scorer in T20Is.