The controversy of Mithali Raj's omission from India's semi-final squad to face England is getting murkier from each passing day. After Mithali Raj's manager accused Harmanpreet Kaur of being a 'lying, manipulative and undeserving captain, the Indian ODI skipper wrote a scathing letter to the BCCI accusing head coach Ramesh Powar and CoA member Diana Edulji of bias.
In her letter to the BCCI, the 35-year-old 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.
"...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 Raj said in the letter.
After Mithali's letter went viral on social media, Ramesh Powar met with the BCCI top brass to clear his stance on the issue. After the meeting, Powar had submitted a report to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and General Manager of Cricket Operations Saba Karim, in which he had accused Raj chasing after “her own milestones” and not playing for the team, during the recently concluded World T20 tournament
The Indian women's cricket coach Ramesh Powar also conceded to having a "strained" relationship with Mithali Raj but insisted that her omission from the semifinal squad was based solely on cricketing logic, a BCCI board official has claimed.
Though, the controversy didn't just end there with Mithali Raj taking to Twitter to respond to Powar's allegation saying that she was deeply saddened over the allegations imposed against her commitment to the game and her country and called it the 'darkest day of her life':
Hours after Mithali's tweet, Ramesh Powar took to Twitter by posting a cryptic message directed towards the Indian ODI skipper. The caption on the picture reads: "Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace."
The controversy has left Indian cricketing circles divided on the opinion whether the decision to drop the experienced campaigner was taken in the best interest of the team. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is not surprised at the women's cricket team's decision to drop senior most player Mithali Raj, saying he faced the same fate when he was at the peak of his career.