By now, the tension between Mithali Raj and Indian women’s cricket team coach Ramesh Powar has come out in the open. After being dropped from the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2018 against England, Mithali Raj wrote a long letter to the BCCI stating how she felt let down and deflated. She also lashed out at Ramesh Powar and COA member Diana Edulji in the mail. Now, today when the board had summoned Powar for a meeting. The women's team coach told the BCCI that Mithali was difficult to handle. An official on the condition of anonymity spoke to a news agency and divulged the details of the meeting. Mithali Raj T20 World Cup Selection Row: Sanjay Manjrekar Comes in Support of the Cricketer.
“The veteran had become unmanageable and difficult to handle. Ramesh admitted that his professional relationship with Mithali was strained as he always found her aloof and difficult to handle," a BCCI source told. The source further mentioned that the Mithali was dropped because if the poor strike rate against England and also the team management wanted to maintain the winning combination. As per a few other reports, Powar accepted being indifferent to Mithali. His tenure got over on Friday, and he can apply for the post. But with this incident, it is very unlikely of Powar applying for the same as his player management skills have come under the scanner with this fiasco. Mithali Raj's Email to BCCI: Senior Cricketer Accuses Coach Ramesh Powar of Discrimination During the Women’s T20 World Cup.
The mail that Mithali wrote to the BCCI was leaked in the media. BCCI Secretary Amitabh Choudhary wrote an email the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and General Manager Cricket operations Saba Karim asking them about how the mail got leaked in the media. “I was taken aback by media reports today, obviously based on leaks, reporting the content of the email apparently written by Mithali Raj. I am not sure to whom the email was addressed though it remains a fact that the undersigned is a convener of the national women's selection committee and the concerned recipient(s) should immediately have copied the same to me," Choudhary said in an email to Johri and Karim.