Less than five months before the Women’s World T20, Tushar Arothe has stepped down as the head coach of the Indian women’s team, soon after reports of discord within the team had surfaced after their Asia Cup loss. Although he cited “personal reasons” as the primary reason for resigning, Arothe revealed strained relations with some of the Indian players, who he said need to step out of their “comfort zone” for a better future of Indian women’s cricket.
Arothe’s resignation comes on the heels of India’s loss in the final of the Asia Cup last month, to Bangladesh by three wickets. Immediately, reports of alleged discord between Arothe and some of the high-profile players surfaced.
Those speculations gained further weightage after Arothe last week met BCCI officials including Diana Edulji, the former India women’s captain, who is part of the the Committee of Administrators (CoA). The BCCI is understood to have accepted Arothe’s resignation, which he tendered on Monday evening.
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