Girls did not want to come out of their comfort zone, they cannot dictate practice methods: Tushar A
Tushar Arothe, the former head coach of Indian women's team, has lashed out at the players. As per him, they did not want to come out of their comfort zone. Arothe was appointed as the head coach of the team before 2017 Women's World Cup.
The sudden resignation of Tushar Arothe as the head coach of women’s cricket team brought back the memories of Anil Kumble’s resignation as team India’s men’s team head coach, which happened last year. The players were not happy with Arothe and his training methods, as was the case with Kumble, which led to the coach stepping down, even after coming up with brilliant performances. Arothe wanted some extra efforts from the cricketers to be put in during the practice sessions that turned out to be the reason for his exit.
“You can't allow practice methods to be dictated by the girls. If these girls want to achieve something, they need to come out of their comfort zone. They don't want to do that. The BCCI should not entertain such requests from cricketers (to change the coach)," Arothe told The Times of India after resigning as the head coach of women’s team.
The former Baroda player further hit out at the women cricketers, who as per him, didn’t want to come out of their comfort zone. "These girls didn't want to come out of the dressing room for a two-anda-half hour practice session. How would they have trained in a longer, four-hour session. I conducted the same kind of camps in South Africa, the World Cup, and in our second trip to SA. How come no one complained about them then? This is an excuse devised by the girls to hide their failure,” he added.
Arothe’s exit was preceded by a meeting of BCCI officials with Mithali Raj, India’s ODI captain, Hartmanpreet Kaur, India’s T20I captain, and Hemlata Kala, chief selector of women’s cricket team. It is understood that the trio asked for the removal of coach during the meeting.
The reports of the coach and the team members not going hand in hand emerged after the Asia Cup 2018, where India lost to Bangladesh in the final. A report in The Indian Express had suggested that Harmanpreet Kaur didn’t have a say in the deciding the playing XI. The indications were clear when a camp for women cricketers in the month of June was cancelled and the players returned home after the conclusion of BCCI awards in Bengaluru on June 12.
A report The Mumbai Mirror suggests that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) now wants to invite the applications for the post of the head coach. The same procedure is followed for the appointment of men’s team head coach. Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri were also appointed as the head coach of Indian men’s team following the same method.