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BCCI email and report leak in bad taste

first_imgIn the best of times, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not been known for diplomacy. And with the Mithali Raj versus coach Ramesh Powar conflict playing out like a top soap opera, the BCCI can take credit for “leaking” a confidential email written by the superstar of Indian women’s cricket and the tour report by Powar.Since the time India lost in the ICC World T20 semi-finals to England where Mithali was benched, there has been all kind of speculation. One would have liked to treat India’s loss as one where they were not the best side on view that day. From team mix to strategy, everything went wrong.The match was played on November 22 and perhaps time would have been the best healer. In the good old days, women’s cricket did not enjoy this kind of popularity. Thanks to their efforts on the field and India making the ICC World Cup (ODI format) final last year in England, the popularity has grown. It’s a good sign for Indian women’s cricket.Then came the most foolish act from someone within the national cricket board who had access to the Mithali email. It was leaked and almost everyone from media fraternity and social media users could read its contents.The email was emotional and also explosive. It had all the ingredients of a letter where the aggrieved party (Mithali) poured her heart out. She spoke of her pain, she spoke of her commitment to Indian cricket and she also spelt out how coach Ramesh Powar was “avoiding” her in the West Indies.advertisementIdeally, an email like this should have set the BCCI thinking and they should have conducted a proper probe into it. Mithali was called to the BCCI office and just a day after that her email was leaked. It was in very poor taste as the whole idea was to play out in public personal grievances being nursed by India’s captain in Tests and ODIs.To say that Mithali was left red-faced would be an understatement. None can question her commitment to cricket and as someone who was even being touted as a possible Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award nomination in 2017, she has every right to feel let down.Coaches versus player differences are nothing new. In team sport, the coach, manager or captains have a say. If Mithali is saying she was being avoided by coach Powar that in itself is a big story. The job of a coach is to ensure best possible communication, which seemed missing in the West Indies. There have been instances before in men’s cricket where players have been dropped. At first, it seemed for just one match, before their careers simply petered out!These are troubled times for Indian cricket. The BCCI finds itself embroiled in many controversies and for even matters of pure cricketing domain, we find the CoA (Committee of Administrators) poking its nose in it. Then again, the CoA has also not come out with flying colours in the Mithali episode as she has taken a huge swipe at Diana Edulji for her comments in the media.It’s a bizarre situation. Mithali cannot deny the contents of the email and none in the BCCI has offered an explanation till now as to who was crazy enough to leak the email. The best of controversies in life can be handled when you let it cool down. In this case, what has happened is more fuel has been added to fire and everyone has an opinion on it now.Former cricketers, men and women, are giving their views. The controversy finds huge mention in the media and one thing is certain, Powar is no longer the Indian women’s coach. But there is a catch here, he has not been dumped because of the content of Mithali’s email. As per his contract, this was his last assignment.Powar, too, has called Mithali “selfish” and so on in his report that the BCCI cannot dismiss lightly. Just to jog the readers’ memory, when Anil Kumble was being eased out as coach, the dressing room was being blamed for leaks! The rooms were not speaking but people from within. It could have been players or those who have regular access to the dressing room.With the BCCI advertising for a new women’s coach, it will be interesting to see how it pans out. The Mithali topic sees former cricketers giving their verdict. In this whole drama, if there is one group of people having a real good laugh, it’s the wise men in the BCCI. Howzzat?advertisementlast_img read more