Mithali Raj’s scathing remarks against coach Ramesh Powar in a strongly-worded letter of complaint to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has left Indian women’s cricket searching for answers to questions in the aftermath of the World T20 selection controversy. There is a controversy about Mithali Raj’s omission from India’s side for their Women’s World T20 semi-final against England last week.
The decision to leave Mithali Raj out of the semi-final was taken by the team management. Former India cricketer Farokh Engineer finds it dispiriting that the Indian women’s cricket success story is getting lost in the ugly dressing-room melee.
“It saddens me because women’s cricket has made so much progress. Mithali Raj is a fabulous player. She had got 50’s in the tournament and she was dropped. She has got good reasons to be peeved off,” he said. Contents of Mithali’s letter, now out in the open, meaning the issue has now snowballed into a controversy much beyond just a selection matter. Mithali has accused Powar of humiliation in front of the team.