Backing Jhulan backfired on captain Anjum

Calcutta: One of the principle reasons for Anjum Chopra’s axing from the India squad for the women’s team’s tour of England is because of her firm stand of refusing to drop Jhulan Goswami. That is what the left-handed batswoman revealed to The Telegraph the other day.

The senior women’s selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India had reinstated Mithali Raj as the captain of the team, replacing Anjum, who has also been dropped from the 15-member squad.

Anjum had been appointed the captain of the national team after being out for two years. She led the side in the away series against the West Indies in February-March and then versus the Australians at home in March.

According to Anjum, she was asked to dump Jhulan, a former captain herself, from the Australia series. But her refusal to accept that resulted in her ouster. Jhulan was removed from captaincy in January.

Anjum, a veteran of 127 ODIs and the owner of 2856 runs, believes that the team environment of India’s women’s cricket side is not the ideal.

She feels that some people in positions of authority have an axe to grind, that she was a target and her refusal to play ball to the wishes of those in power cost her the captaincy and a place in the squad.

Anjum also made no secret of the fact that she and present coach Anju Jain do not get along very well.

However, though she is not a part of the Indian team at present, Anjum has been chosen by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as one of the three faces for the women’s World T20 in Sri Lanka later this year.

The former India captain will feature in the promotionals for the September 26-October 7 competition. South Africa’s Mignon du Preez and Sri Lanka’s Shashikala Siriwardene are other players chosen by the ICC.


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