Indian Women’s team coach resigns amidst rifts with players

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Indian women’s cricket team coach Tushar Arothe has resigned from his position. The main reason is due to alleged differences with some of the star players, who had protested against his training methods. This is the second time during the CoA tenure that a national coach has stepped down after the alleged differences with the players. Last year, men’s team head coach Anil Kumble resigned after his differences with captain Virat Kohli that came out in public.

Tushar Arothe is a former Baroda player with an experience of 114 first-class games. He had guided the Indian Women team to the 50-over World Cup final in England last year. Under his tenure, the Indian team also won ODI and T20 series in South Africa in February this year but things went downhill since then. India team had a less than ordinary T20 tri-series against England and Australia. It was followed by the back to back defeats against Bangladesh.

Indian Women Team coach Tushar Arothe has resigned from his post. (image source: via Reuters)

BCCI confirms the news of the resignation of Tushar Arothe

As per quotes in PTI, BCCI has accepted the resignation of the head coach of India’s Women cricket team. “The BCCI on Tuesday accepted India women’s team coach Mr Tushar Arothe’s resignation. 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 BCCI said in a media release.

However, a senior BCCI official, on the condition of anonymity, says that Arothe was forced to resign by the board as he had troubled times with a few senior players in the team, who had reasonable influence. “It was almost final after the last meeting of CoA with the senior players. BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim and CEO Rahul Johri were also present. There have been adverse reports about his coaching methods from players, selectors and even the team manager,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

One of the major reason of discontent was Arothe’s training methods. While the coach was keen on having two practice sessions of two and half hours each in morning and afternoon, some of the seniors in their mid-30s were finding it difficult to cope with a strenuous schedule. However, it was twin defeat against minnows Bangladesh in the Asia Cup including one in the final, that became the last straw.