Amitabh Choudhary miffed by ‘leaked’ Mithali Raj letter

Acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary has written to CEO Rahul Johri and Saba Karim, its GM for operations who is in charge of women’s cricket, seeking to know how a letter entered the public domain.

Amitabh Choudhary, the acting secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India following a Supreme Court mandate, on Tuesday wrote to BCCI chief executive officer Rahul Johri and Saba Karim, its general manager for operations who is in charge of women’s cricket, seeking to know how a letter written by India One Day International captain Mithali Raj earlier in the day entered the public domain.

Choudhary, in a short note addressed to Johri and Karim and copied to BCCI acting president C. K. Khanna and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, wrote: “I was taken aback by media reports today, obviously based on leaks, reporting content of the email apparently written by Ms Mithali Raj. I am not sure to whom the email was addressed though it remains a fact that the undersigned is convenor of the national women’s selection committee and the concerned recipient(s) should immediately have copied the same to me. It is clear that the contents are extremely damaging to certain individual persons and therefore to the BCCI. Please let me know the facts of the case at the earliest.’’

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Raj, a day after meeting the BCCI’s professional managers at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai, had written to Johri, addressing him as ‘Rahul Sir’, and Karim stating that “a few people in power are out to destroy” her and accused Diana Edulji – the former India captain and member of the committee of administrators nominated by the Supreme Court to look after the administration of the BCCI – of bias. Raj also accused coach Ramesh Powar, a former India spinner, of humiliating her.

Raj had been dropped from the playing XI for the T20 World Cup semifinal match in the West Indies against England that India lost.