New Delhi: As soon as India crashed out of the ICC Women’s World T20, an in-form Mithali Raj’s exclusion from the playing against England in the semi-final became a topic of thorough discussion.
In relation to the issue Mithali Raj, India ODI captain Harmanpreet Kaur and the team manager Trupti Bhattacharya reportedly knocked on the door of BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on Monday.
According to sources, Mithali and Harmanpreet also met other top BCCI officials and shared their views on the selection call that sparked a controversy after the team’s 8-wicket loss to England, which eventually had them crashing out of the tournament. Harmanpreet had justified the decision, maintaining that she had “no regrets”.
“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,” Johri told PTI. However, he refused to divulge the details of the meeting. “Please don’t ask me what has been discussed during the meeting,” Johri said.
Reportedly, the senior players also met GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim and it is expected that Johri and Karim will present a detailed report to the CoA on the entire saga.
Meanwhile, the women’s coach Ramesh Powar is also expected to call on Johri and Karim soon. Powar’s contract as interim coach expires on November 30 and after the recent selection drama, it seems highly unlikely that the former India off-spinner’s contract will be extended.
“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,” a senior BCCI said on condition of anonymity.
(With inputs from Agencies)