Indian women’s team trainer Ramesh Powar on Wednesday satisfied BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim and accused Mithali Raj of blackmailing and pressurizing Team India coaches.
Powar also cites in his account that although the whole fiasco was on in Antigua, the group supervisor (Trupti Bhattacharya)”received violent and threatening calls by a person named Nusheen (a former cricketer) stating that Mithali shouted the entire night and could face the consequences”.
In another major twist on the continuing controversy that has encircled senior India women’s group member Mithali Raj and head coach Ramesh Powar together with the latter revealing that the player had threatened to pull out of Women’s World T20 and phone time on her career if she wasn’t allowed to open.
According to a report from ESPN cricinfo, Powar advised Raj to stop “blackmailing and pressurizing” the coaches and putting her interests ahead of the group’s.
Raj was named Player of the Match in consecutive group games from Pakistan and Ireland until she did not make it to the playing XI due to a knee niggle for its last group game against Australia and was left out for the semi-final experience against England. India finally lost the match and the choice to fall India’s top run scorer came under severe criticism.
In reply to Mithali stating that Powar left her to feel like an outcast, ignored her presence in the team and targeted her specifically, the trainer told both senior BCCI officials who “Mithali was lost (in the playing eleven) since the group wanted to proceed with all the winning mix”. If Mithali’s letter to the plank proved to be a lengthy study, Powar’s report was to be lengthier, the bulk of this focusing on Mithali, who Powar composed “couldn’t know and adapt to her part in the team, batted for her milestones, (and supplied) minimum input in staff meetings”.
Powar’s report says: “In training games, she (Mithali) was unable to score fast as wickets were low (in) slow and rebound. The purpose was lacking and (she) couldn’t lean and implement shots because of limited ability in skills and physical fitness. It was hauled to her logically she will be batting at the middle-order (prior to the match against New Zealand) and she consented too.”