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Mithali Raj Accuses Coach Ramesh Powar And Diana Edulji Of Bias In Her Letter To BCCI

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| November 27 , 2018 , 18:04 IST

Limited over format Captain Mithali Raj exclusion from playing XI of the ICC Women's World T20 semi-final 2018 took a controversial turn on Tuesday.

The Padma Shri winner cricketer in a letter to BCCI blamed coach Ramesh Powar and BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) member and former player Diana Edulj of being bias towards her.

Mithali, who has been a wonderful ambassador for India’s women cricket for more than a decade, was left out of the playing eleven despite hitting back-to-back fifties in the World T20.

"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.

"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. I wanted to win the world cup for my country and it hurts me because we lost a golden opportunity."

Raj, who is the leading scorer for India in women's T20 Internationals, had scored two fifties in two matches and won player of the matches awards before she was controversially left out of the semifinal against England.

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Earlier on Monday, Raj, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur and team manager Trupti Bhattacharya had separate meetings with Johri and Karim. After meeting Powar later in the week, Johri and Karim are likely to prepare a report that they will submit to the CoA.