Mithali Raj opens up about her retirement from T20Is, fallout with Ramesh Powar, Women's IPL and more

Mithali Raj who announced her retirement from T20Is earlier this month felt that coming under BCCI was the turning point for Women's cricket in India. Here's what she had to say
Mithali Raj opens up about her retirement from T20Is, fallout with Ramesh Powar, Women's IPL and moreMithali Raj opens up about her retirement from T20Is, fallout with Ramesh Powar, Women's IPL and more
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Mithali Raj, recently announced her retirement from T20 internationals to concentrate on the 50 over format and will continue playing it till the World Cup in 2021. Mithali represented India in 89 T20Is and has scored 2364 runs at an average of 37.52 including 17 half-centuries. She has also played over 200 ODIs, amassing over 6500 runs.

The greatest woman cricketer to have come out of India, Mithali Raj feels that coming under the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was the turning point for women's cricket in India.

"Well, I think the turning point, in my opinion, has to be 2006 as in that year we came under BCCI. With that a lot of facilities were provided to us, a lot of things changed for good and better. Since then, there has been a gradual improvement in respect to the access in facilities like NCA (National Cricket Academy) and an increase in the support staff. Lot more matches and international series started to get scheduled for us and also contracts came into effect which gave security to the players and they were able to focus on their game."

Mithali also told that she had made up her retirement plans earlier this year. "This decision was taken in January itself during the New Zealand tour. I had told the coach WV Raman and chairman of selectors about my decision." "I did not see myself playing the T20 World Cup next year in Australia. I thought I should make the coach aware of my plans so that he can think of an alternative for the team and start preparing the side likewise. I wanted to give him that time where he can try various players to get experience into the side."

On the fallout with coach Ramesh Powar during the T20 World Cup in 2016, Mithali said, "Well, the fallout with coach Ramesh Powar did not have any impact on my decision. I do not make decisions based on emotion, because it is my career and I would like to be more practical when it comes to career. Fallout with Powar did not have any role to play."

Mithali Raj also expressed her desire to play the Women's IPL next year in spite of announcing retirement from T20I cricket. "I think it definitely has improved since 2006 because of the consistency of matches. So many players coming in with the onset of various leagues and it has helped in the growth of the sport." "Well, not necessarily the other leagues but yes I look forward to the Women's IPL because it is our own league and I would love to be part of it."

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