Coach's long-standing grudge led to my ouster: Anjum Chopra

Updated: 24 June 2012 18:33 IST

Having been stripped off captaincy and also dumped from the side, a livid Anjum Chopra held current Indian women's team coach Anju Jain responsible for her unceremonious exit from the side.

Coach's long-standing grudge led to my ouster: Anjum Chopra

Kolkata:

Having been stripped off captaincy and also dumped from the side, a livid Anjum Chopra held current Indian women's team coach Anju Jain responsible for her unceremonious exit from the side.

The veteran batswoman, in no uncertain terms, pointed finger at her one-time teammate Jain who, she said, held a "grudge" against her since 2003.

Chopra was dumped after series defeats against West Indies and Australia.

"It seems Anju still has the grudge that I was made the captain ahead of her in 2002-03. Probably, she is taking her revenge now. Or else, how does one justify that only captain is dropped after a failure but all everyone else remain same?" Anjum, who has now been replaced by Mithali Raj, told PTI during an interview.

"The 'rotation policy' of captains is also a move to create a rift among us. We are like a family but, by rotating the captain's hat every now and then, they are making a mockery," Anjum alleged, referring to three captains being changed over the last six months.

Jhulan Goswami was sacked in January after a third-place finish in a quadrangular series, and then Anjum, who made comeback after two years, lost her top job after series defeats against West Indies and Australia respectively.

Anjum also revealed that some members of the selection committee told her to support their decision to drop Jhulan but the left-handed batswoman claimed to have put her foot down.

"That (dropping Jhulan) was the most ridiculous suggestion. I asked the selector who would lead the attack if Jhulan was dropped (from XI)? Agreed she went wicketless in the ODI series (with 0/106 runs from 3 matches at 5.04 economy) but I had no choice. There was nobody else to lead the attack."

Topics : Cricket Anjum Chopra Jhulan Goswami Mithali Raj
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