Mithali Raj broke her silence with respect to the selection saga controversy which has stirred a massive debate among Indian cricketing circles. The Indian ODI skipper revealed that she was deflated, depressed and let down for the first time in her 20 years, as she felt there were some people who wanted to destroy her career
In her letter to the BCCI, the 35-year-old accused head coach Ramesh Powar and CoA member Diana Edulji for being responsible of the decision to leave her out of India's playing XI to face England in the semi-final clash.
In the wake of all this controversy, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary sent an email to CEO Rahul Johri and General Manager, Cricket Operations, Saba Karim, seeking explanation on how the email sent by Mithali was leaked to 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.
"It is clear that the contents are extremely damaging to certain individual persons and, therefore, to the BCCI. Please let me know the facts of the case at the earliest," he added.
Speaking out against her omission from the Indian team for their semi-final clash against England the 35-year-old cricketer said that the move left her "baffled" as she had scored back-to-back fifties in the games before the semi-final and was adjudged 'Player of the Match' on both the occasions. India lost to England by eight wickets in the semi-final of the recently concluded Women's World T20.
Demanding justice from the Indian board, Mithali had said that all the incidents have left her "utterly dejected and depressed." Mithali Raj also acknowledged the fact that she had taken a risk by writing the letter but went she went ahead with it as she wanted her emotions to be heard.