Indian women’s cricket coach quits over ‘training methods’

July 11, 2018

Indian players react after losing the ICC Women’s World Cup cricket final between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground in London on July 23, 2017. Photo: AFP

The Indian women’s cricket coach has quit just over year into the job after a string of defeats and apparently alienating players, four months before the World Twenty20.

Tushar Arothe, who was instrumental in India reaching the final of the women’s World Cup in England last July, stepped down from his post Monday citing “personal reasons”.

But a senior official in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told AFP that a few senior players were not happy with Arothe’s style of training.

“Some players and selectors met BCCI administrators to convey that they were not comfortable with Arothe’s method of training,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

Arothe, 51, was appointed last April after his predecessor, the former women’s captain Purnima Rau, was sacked by the board.

The team also had a dismal Twenty20 tri-nation tournament against England and Australia in March and then lost a one-day international series against Australia.

However, it was the twin defeats against minnows Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, including one in the final in Kuala Lumpur last month, that hurt the most.

The 10-nation ICC women’s World T20 is scheduled to take place in the West Indies November 9-24.

The Indian men’s team also witnessed a similar situation last year when former captain Anil Kumble quit as coach after his relations with skipper Virat Kohli became “untenable”.