On December 3, PTI had reported that while skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana wanted Powar to continue as the coach after the T20 World Cup, Joshi and spinner Ekta Bisht were against it after coach’s spat with Mithali Raj.
According to the Times of India, in an email to the BCCI, Mansi states, "Hi all, this is with regards to the information quoted in a PTI news report dated December 3, 2018 after the leaks of Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana’s letters to the BCCI. This report states that ‘It’s learnt that Ekta Bisht and Mansi Joshi are against his (Ramesh Powar’s) reinstatement along with captain Mithali."
"I am writing to you to deny this statement and clarify that I have not said those words or anything to that effect to anyone in person or publicly. I have never endorsed my views on this whole matter to anyone and I fail to understand where this information could have come from."
The fast bowler even goes on praise Powar for his efforts he put in the with her.
“I have an amicable relationship with all my teammates as well as Ramesh sir and the support staff. I want to note here that I’m thankful to Ramesh sir and support staff for giving me the confidence since my comeback into the team.”
A miffed Joshi says that her name was unnecessarily dragged in the controversy.
"My family, well-wishers and more importantly, my coach are all really stressed with this appearing now in all the leading newspapers of the country and the fact that I’m being pulled into this unnecessarily. With this email, I just wish to clarify my stance that I have not said anything on those lines, as stated in above-mentioned report."
First Published: December 6, 2018, 10:20 AM IST