Mithali Raj likely to retire from T20Is after home series vs England

first_imgMithali Raj likely to retire from T20Is after home series vs EnglandIndia, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, will play a three-match T20I series vs New Zealand from Wednesday. However, it’s still not clear if Mithali Raj will be part of the playing XI.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 21:12 IST It is understood that Mithali can read the writing on the wall and the cricket board will give her chance to retire on her own terms (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMithali Raj has played 85 T20Is and scored 2283 runs at 37.42Concerns were raised over her scoring rate in T20Is during last year’s World T20Mithali Raj dropped for the all-important Women’s World T20 semi-final against England last yearIndian women cricket team’s seniormost player Mithali Raj in all likelihood will bring down curtains on her T20 International career after the home series against England while continuing in the 50-over format where she is still the captain of the side.While India’s three-match T20 series against New Zealand starts in Wellington on Wednesday, it is still not clear whether Mithali will be a part of the playing XI.Even if Mithali Raj is picked in the playing XI, it has been learnt that the 36-year-old will not continue beyond the three-match T20 series against England, starting March 4 in Assam’s Barsapara.”Mithali understands that skipper Harmanpreet Kaur will like to concentrate on building a team for the 2020 World T20 and that she is unlikely to feature in that tournament,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity. “But a player of her stature should get a warm send-off and that is likely to be against England,” the official said.There are indications that Mithali may not be selected in all the matches against the ‘White Ferns’ and she has been made aware by a senior member of the team management.It is understood that Mithali can read the writing on the wall and the cricket board will give her chance to retire on her own terms from the shortest format.”It is still not sure whether she would like to play the full series against England or like former men’s team pacer Ashish Nehra, play the first game of the series and retire,” the official further added.advertisementMithali Raj’s place in the T20I side under the scannerMithali’s place in the T20 side has been under scanner due to her slow strike-rate and waning fielding abilities which led to her being dropped for the all-important Women’s World T20 semi-final against England.The ouster from the playing XI led to a public spat with Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji, whom she accused of trying to “finish her career” along with interim chief coach Ramesh Powar.Powar didn’t get an extension in his role and WV Raman was appointed coach before the New Zealand series.Mithali has so far scored 2283 runs from 85 T20 Internationals with the highest score of 97 and 17 half-centuries to her credit.Also Read | Pant should play 2019 World Cup, New Zealand T20Is great opportunity for him: HarbhajanAlso Read | ‘Hardik Pandya was disturbed by Koffee with Karan row but he learnt from his mistake’Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav will be our number one spinner in overseas Tests now: Ravi ShastriAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mithali RajFollow India women’s cricket teamFollow MithalI Raj retirementFollow India vs New ZealandFollow India women T20Islast_img

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