rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Cricket » Why was Mithali dropped? COA likely to summon captain Harmanpreet...

Why was Mithali dropped? COA likely to summon captain Harmanpreet...

Last updated on: November 25, 2018 16:20 IST

It is learnt that Committee of Administrators could look into issues like alleged bias in team selection following Mithali Raj's controversial omission for the World T20 semi-final against England.

Mithali Raj

IMAGE: Mithali Raj was controversial left out for the World T20 semi-final against England. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The Committee of Administrators could summon Indian women's team captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj following the senior most player's controversial omission for the World T20 semi-final against England.

India's campaign in the ICC tournament ended with a humiliating eight-wicket loss against England in the last-four stage.

 

According to a top BCCI official, Mithali might put across her view point in writing to GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim, who is also in charge of women's cricket.

"It is understood that a meeting will be held soon here and CoA is likely to speak separately to Harmanpreet, Mithali, Ramesh (coach Ramesh Powar), manager Trupti Bhattacharya and tour selector Sudha Shah to understand what led to Mithali's omission," a senior BCCI official said on conditions of anonymity.

CoA chief Vinod Rai is unhappy that players' agents are making unsavoury comments about team selection.

"The comments made by people who appear to be associated with the Indian women's team have been viewed with concern. Such statements made in the media are totally uncalled for," Rai said on Sunday.

His comment was in reference to a tweet from a lady called Anisha Gupta, who claimed to be a freelance sports agent and got endorsements for Mithali. In a tweet that was later deleted, Gupta called Harmanpreet "cheat, liar and undeserving to be captain".

"The BCCI has a hierarchy of officials specifically dedicated to the redressal of genuine grievances of players," said Rai.

"This is the appropriate mechanism that should be utilised. Issues that have been the cause for the performance of the Indian women's team will be appropriately addressed," Rai said.

However, he urged people associated with the women's team to maintain restraint.

"All players, the team management and persons associated with them must maintain decorum and follow the proper protocol," Rai said.

It is learnt that issues like alleged bias in team selection will be looked into, considering that strained relations between India's ODI and T20 captain is an open secret in the Indian cricket fraternity.

© Copyright 2018 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.