Tushar Arothe, the India Women coach, has stepped down from his post with immediate effect, five months before the World Twenty20 in Caribbean, citing “personal reasons”. The BCCI confirmed the development through a press release on Tuesday (July 10).
As was reported in the media, there had been differences between Arothe and the players after India lost the Twenty20 Asia Cup final against Bangladesh in Malaysia last month. A camp that was to be held in Bangalore immediately after the tournament was cancelled, and a few senior players had then met the Committee of Administrator in Mumbai to let their displeasure about Arothe’s style of working known.
Arothe himself had replaced Purnima Rau, the former India captain, as coach in April last year after senior players had let BCCI known about the need for a more professional support staff ahead of the World Cup.
Rau in his second tenure as India’s coach since mid-2015 had overseen home success against New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Windies, maiden T20I series win in Australia, successful defence of Asia Cup and the World Cup Qualifier title.
That time Rau had said that Diana Edulji, one of the members of the COA, had used her position to settle personal scores. Arothe’s first assignment was the Quadrangular Series in South Africa, which India won.
BCCI then hired Biju George as fielding coach to share Arothe’s load, and the duo played a key role in India’s journey to the World Cup final against England at Lord’s where they lost by nine runs. A lot of players including Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Jhulan Goswami spoke highly of the value that Arothe brought.
The overall campaign was a huge success, and Arothe, along with Biju and Tracy Fernandes, the physiotherapist, was offered a two-year contract in October 2017.
It was viewed as a pioneering move as no India Women coach in the past had been given such a long rope. The planning fetched result when India won both the ODI and T20I series in South Africa earlier this year. Arothe was also in charge of the India A side that beat Bangladesh A in December last year.
Things, however, started to go downhill after India lost all the three ICC Women’s Championship ODIs against Australia in Baroda, Arothe’s hometown, and the triangular T20I series involving Australia and England in Mumbai.
India ended the home season with a 2-1 ODI series win against England in Nagpur before heading to Asia Cup.
Arothe, a Ranji Trophy winner with Baroda who played 114 first-class matches and 51 List A games between 1985-86 and 2002-03, had earlier been involved with the women’s team as fielding coach in the past.
India’s next assignment is the tour of Sri Lanka.