Tushar Arothe speaks after his resignation; says letting players choose coaches sets bad example

Tushar Arothe was removed as the head coach of Women's India team.

Tushar Arothe with India T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur | P.K. AJITH KUMAR

After resigning from the post of head coach of the Indian Women’s cricket team, Tushar Arothe has decided to speak his part of the whole saga, which took an ugly turn. The Indian women cricketers gave a bad feedback towards his style of coaching and a hurt Arothe decided to resign before he could be sacked.

"If students start deciding on the syllabus and course curriculum when there is a teacher, I don't think it's a great thing. Similarly, if you start removing coaches merely on the basis of allegations from the players, then you are setting a bad precedent," Arothe told PTI.

There was someone before me (Purnima Rau), who was removed as players didn't want her. Now they don't like my style. Tomorrow, a new person will come and they might find him/her to be unsuitable. So if only one side is having a problem what does it tell you," Arothe said.

Arothe had coached the Indian women’s team to the finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup last year in England and also had a successful tour to South Africa, where they beat the hosts in both ODI and T20I series.

His training methods were questioned and there were a plethora of allegations about trying to "remote control" the team. This came after the debacle of Asia Cup T20 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Arothe said that every allegation towards him was false and he said so in a meeting with the CoA.

"The main allegation was about two training sessions per day. Well, the girls didn't have a problem till Asia Cup. This process started before last year's World Cup. And to make it clear, those who batted or bowled during the morning session were rested during the afternoon or evening session. You want to become No 1 side and you don't want to work hard. It doesn't happen like that," said Arothe, who had earlier worked as a fielding coach between 2009-2012.

Arothe says, "Post World Cup euphoria, when the girls came for a camp in September, I found most of them complacent and still basking in glory. I told them 'Please remember, you people have lost and not won the World Cup. All the accolades are fine but we need to work harder'."

Arothe was also accused of interfering in choosing the playing XI.

"The playing XI would be decided at the team meeting and manager (Trupti Bhattacharya) and one selector (Shashi Gupta) were also a part of decision making process. The team list used to be minuted by the manager. This is complete falsehood from the part of those players, who have complained to the BCCI," Arothe said.

Tushar Arothe commended the conduct of seniors like Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami

"I heard an absurd complaint that I tried to control the proceedings during the match from the sidelines. That is as ridiculous as it can get. If a coach shouts instructions during the match, he would be penalised by the match referee as per ICC code of conduct," Arothe added.

"I was asked 'why did you instruct the girls to bowl negative line?' I said :'We have recording of the match. Please analyse the video and tell me which over did you think that a bowler bowled negative line (leg-stump line). When these allegations were being levelled, they should have at least thought that in T20s, it's difficult to bowl negative line unlike longer formats," Arothe explained.

"Suddenly after Asia Cup, the camp was cancelled and no one had the courtesy to inform me. Every minute details of the schedule was done in consultation with the players and then suddenly I hear complaints about schedule. They want to do gym work for strength. But if I tell them that hit a few balls to gauge your strength, is it wrong? Most of our batters have a strike-rate of less than 100 in T20s and if you are not willing to work hard, then you will have problems,” said Arothe, who captained Baroda in Ranji Trophy and played 114 FC matches.

Arothe ended the interview with good words for the two stalwarts of Indian women cricket, Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.

"Mithali and Jhulan have been very co-operative and open to discussions at team meetings," Arothe concluded.


By Jatin Sharma - 13 Jul, 2018

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