Mithali Raj ‘threatened’ to retire during World T20, Ramesh Powar tells BCCI

Prime Sports, National (Mumbai), November 29:- The Indian women’s cricket team continues to be mired in controversy after coach Ramesh Powar informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that former skipper and veteran batswoman Mithali Raj threatened to retire midway during the recently-concluded World T20 after being denied the opening slot.

In an official 10-page report to the BCCI in the ongoing saga over Mithali Raj’s controversial omission from the World T20 semi-final clash which the Indians lost, Powar informed that the 35-year-old batswoman had threatened to leave during the World T20 and announce her retirement in the West Indies if she was not allowed to open the batting against Pakistan.

“Before Pakistan match, video analyst Pushkar Sawant came to my room with the news that Mithali is upset about not allowing her to open in Pakistan match. She packed her bags to leave with the announcement of retiring in the morning. I was shell shocked to understand why? Powar said in the report.

“It gave me an impression that for Mithali Raj, she comes first and then Team India. To save positive team environment and due to her threatening (retirement), we opened with her. After the game, she was making her own group with selected players sitting away from team,” he added.

Further alleging that Mithali had minimum inputs during team meetings, the Indian women’s cricket team coach said that the former skipper was unable to adapt to the plans and paid more attention to her personal goals rather than thinking about the side’s achievement overall.

Soon after Powar’s allegations, Mithali took to her official Twitter handle and expressed her disappointment over the same.

“I’m deeply saddened and hurt by the aspersions cast on me. My commitment to the game and 20 years of playing for my country. The hard work, sweat, in vain. Today, my patriotism doubted, my skill set questioned and all the mudslinging- it’s the darkest day of my life. May God give strength,” she tweeted.  (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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