Cricbuzz Staff •
There have been several reports of disagreements between Arothe and some senior players. © BCCI
Tushar Arothe has resigned from his post as the head coach of the Indian Women’s team more than 12 months ahead of his two-year contract expires, BCCI said in a release on Tuesday(July 10). The 51-year-old cited “personal reasons” for his decision to step down – about four months ahead of the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean – in a mail to the board.
“Mr Arothe cited personal reasons behind his resignation and thanked the BCCI for giving him an opportunity to work with the Indian Women’s cricket team. The Board would like to convey that it has been a pleasure working with Mr. Arothe and would like to thank him for his services towards the Indian Women’s team,” BCCI said in the release. The board has accepted his resignation and is currently searching for Arothe’s replacement.
Arothe, former Baroda Ranji player, met the BCCI officials last week in the wake of media reports of differences between him and some of the senior players of the side. Reports had surfaced about the discord in the team soon after India failed to defend their Asia Cup title, in Malaysia last month. The six-time champions not only lost the title clash to Bangladesh but also their league fixture to the same opponent.
Upon their return to India, the members of the team that took part in the Asia Cup 2018 were to undergo a camp at the NCA in Bangalore, starting at the same time as Afghanistan’s debut Test match. The camp was subsequently called off at the eleventh hour. Even though neither the players nor Arothe had accepted or refuted the claims openly, the two parties are believed to have met BCCI officials separately with their grievances.
Having previously been part of the women’s coaching staff, Arothe was hired just ahead of India’s quadrangular ODI series in South Africa last year, and until the 2017 Women’s World Cup in the United Kingdom. However, with India ending runners-up to England at the mega-event, Arothe, along with assistant coach Biju George and physiotherapist Tracy Fernandes, were handed a two-year contract by the BCCI.
Incidentally, Arothe’s appointment was also surrounded by controversy as the former coach Purnima Rau was sacked from the role without any direct communication from the board.