Since India lost the women’s world t20 semi-finals to England, the exclusion of senior batswoman Mithali Raj has been the talking-point. Days after the match, Mithali has for the first time spoken up on the matter. In a letter to BCCI CEO, Rahul Johri, she has held CoA member Diana Edulji and coach Ramesh Powar responsible.
“For the first time in a 20 year long career, I felt deflated, depressed and let down. I am forced to think if my services to my country are of any value to a few people in power who are out to destroy me and break my confidence,” Mithali wrote.
Launching scatching criticism on Diana Edulji for defending her exclusion, Mithali wrote, “To put things in perspective, I have always reposed faith in Diana Edulji and have always respected her and her position as a member of the COA. Never did I think she will use her position against me, more after hearing what all I had to go through in the Caribbean as I had spoken to her about it.”
“Her brazen support in the press with regard to the decision of my benching in the semi-final of the t/20 World Cup has left me deeply distressed, more because she knows the real facts having spoken to me. Thereafter her statement saying ‘selection is not the COA’s headache’ is like suggesting there is no system of cheques and balances and anyone can do anything and get away because they have the backing of people in power,” Mithali added.
She further went on to say that he had no grudges against T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur apart from the fact that she decided to back Powar’s decision to drop her for the semi-final.
“I would also like to point out that I have nothing against the T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur except for the fact that her call to support the decision of the coach to leave me out of the eleven was baffling and hurtful.
Mithali’s letter comes a day after Edulji openly defended her exclusion from the team and suggested that a big matter is being made out of it unnecessarily. “I think too much is being made out of it. The management made the decision of not changing a winning combination and that backfired. If India had won the game, I am sure nobody would have questioned their decision,” Edulji, a former India captain, told PTI.