Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj (Credit: ICC)

Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has reportedly asked for the fitness logs of Mithali Raj from the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 that concluded on Saturday with Australia winning their fourth title.

India exited the tournament in the semi-finals after a crushing defeat to England. Apart from India’s shoddy batting, the decision to bench the veteran Mithali also made the news, resulting in a heated debate.

Mithali’s manager blasted captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Twitter, terming her as ‘manipulative’. Later reports emerged that the decision to drop the former captain from the playing XI was taken after a team meeting involving Harmanpreet, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, coach Romesh Powar and selector Sudha Shah.

India collapsed to be bowled out for 112 and lost to England by eight wickets to crash out of the WWT20. Mithali struck consecutive fifties before being rested for India’s final group fixture against Australia due to a knee problem.

Team manager Trupti Bhattacharya’s report on the meeting was leaked to the media which claimed there was general consensus among the participants of the meeting on dropping Mithali. “I, as manager, convened the meeting. They (captain, coach and selector) discussed the wicket and the coach expressed that the same winning combination against Australia should play. Harman and Smriti shared the same view and also told the selector, Sudha Shah, that an extra bowler would help the team,” a report in The Times of India quoted said.

CoA has also expressed its concern regarding the leak of team manager’s report.

According to ESPNcricinfo, Powar and Trupti will meet CoA and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on Monday to submit their report on India’s performance at the tournament.