Indian women’s cricket coach Ramesh Powar doesn’t seem to be getting an extension when his contract will be up for renewal after November 30, 2018. Under Powar, Indian women’s team made it to the semi-final of the recently concluded ICC Women’s World T20 in West Indies, but with Mithali Raj criticizing the coach for his poor treatment of the veteran cricketer, the former India spinner is under the scanner.
Describing about Powar not getting any extension, BCCI posted, “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would like to call upon interested candidates to apply for the position of ‘Head Coach – Team India (Senior Women)’.”
The conflict between the two started Mithali was dropped for the crucial semi-final encounter – which India ended up losing. Breaking the silence, Mithali had written an emotional letter to the BCCI accusing Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji, a former Indian women’s team captain, of bias and whipping Powar, saying a “few people in power are out to destroy her.
Ahead of that letter, Mithali’s manager Annisha Gupta went on a tirade against T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur on social media calling her manipulative, lying cheat, an undeserving captain for supporting the decision to drop Mithali for the England game.
While Edulji backed the decision of the coach and the captain, many from the cricketing fraternity came in Mithali’s support.
Powar was appointed in August as a replacement of Tushar Arothe, who quit following differences with the senior players over training methods. After Powar’s departure, it remains to be seen how T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and ODI captain Mithali bury their differences.
In response to the accusations, Powar submitted his 10-page report of the tournament with the focus on Mithali and his rebuttal included, accusing Mithali of putting herself ahead of the team, creating chaos in the team, non-cooperation, and bad attitude. He also revealed that Raj threatened to announce retirement after she was not allowed to open the innings in the first match of the tournament against New Zealand.
Mithali then took to Twitter to express her anger and disappointment, stating that with her patriotism doubted, skill set questioned – it’s the darkest day of her life.