Adding another chapter to the mysterious ways in which the women's cricket in the country is administered, BCCI has relieved the national coach Punrima Rau and assistant coach Suman Sharma of their duties, less than two months ahead of their 2017 World Cup campaign. In what came as a surprise to Rau, she learned of the sacking from a third party with the board offering no direct communication or reasoning for the same.
Rau expressed her disappointment at not being kept in loop by the board. Rau put the blame on Diana Edulji, former cricketer and a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.
"The minute Diana was named in the Committee [of Administrators], I knew my days were numbered," said Rau. "I wasn't surprised with the decision - I knew this was coming, given my history with her - I am just shocked with the timing of it, with the World Cup so near. BCCI didn't have the decency to inform me directly. When I got to know from someone else, I was shocked.. and felt insulted. I feel sorry for the people in the management.. they cannot face me to tell me this, I guess."
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