Mithali Raj Says Coach Ramesh Powar "Humiliated" Her, Accuses CoA Member Diana Edulji Of Bias - SportsGuru

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Mithali Raj Says Coach Ramesh Powar "Humiliated" Her, Accuses CoA Member Diana Edulji Of Bias

The fiasco involving Mithali Raj's exclusion from India's playing XI during the ICC Women's World T20 semi-final on Friday just took another controversial turn. Mithali Raj has now opened up in a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), saying, "Few people in power are out to destroy me", reports PTI. She further accused Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji of bias and the Indian women's team coach Ramesh Powar, saying he "humiliated" her.

India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and the team manager Trupti Bhattacharya reportedly knocked on the door of BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on Monday. According to sources, Mithali and Harmanpreet also met other top BCCI officials and shared their views on the selection call that sparked a controversy after the team's humiliating eight-wicket loss to England and crashing out of the tournament in the process.

Harmanpreet had justified the decision, maintaining that she had "no regrets".

Further talking about Diana Edulji, who had backed her axing, Mithali said that she "used her position against me". The 35-year-old was dropped despite scoring back-to-back fifties in the group stage of the competition held in the West Indies. "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," she wrote in a letter to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and Cricket Operations GM Saba Karim.

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