Indian women's coach steps down

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Tushar Arothe was instrumental in India reaching the final of the women's World Cup

His resignation comes as a big setback for the Indian women Team and also for the BCCI to find a suitable coach to replace former coach Tushar.

Previously, India Men's head coach - Anil Kumble - too had resigned after his much-known differences with skipper Virat Kohli.

The BCCI on Tuesday sent in a release which said: "The BCCI on Tuesday accepted India women's team coach Mr. Tushar Arothe's resignation".

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. However, with India ending runners-up to England at the mega-event, Arothe, along with assistant coach Biju George and physiotherapist Tracy Fernandes, were handed a two-year contract by the BCCI.

The meeting was attended by CoA member Diana Edulji, BCCI chief executive Rahul Johri and cricket operations manager Saba Karim.

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The Indian women's team lost the Asia Cup Final against Bangladesh last month.

CoA member Diana Edulji, a former India captain, is now calling the shots as far as women's cricket is concerned.

While BCCI didn't divulge names, it has been learnt that ODI captain Mithali Raj and Twenty20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur did not have good things to say about Arothe's coaching methods when the BCCI bigwigs sought their feedback.

Arothe, who was a Baroda stalwart with an experience of 114 first-class games, had guided the team to the 50-over World Cup final in England past year. However, below-par performances at home against Australia and in the T20 tri-series featuring Australia and England seem to have played a part in the discontent between some of the high-profile regulars and Arothe. Two mandatory practice sessions of roughly two-and-a-half-hours each in the morning and late afternoon, and an optional afternoon session, had been a feature of India's regime since a year ago.

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