India cricket star Mithali Raj said Thursday she was "deeply saddened" by accusations that she threw tantrums and threatened to quit before being controversially dropped during the Twenty20 World Cup.
Raj, the highest run scorer in the women's international game was left out of the squad for last week's semi-final loss to England, triggering a high-profile row with team staff.
"I'm deeply saddened and hurt by the aspersions cast on me. My commitment to the game and 20 years of playing for my country," Raj tweeted.
"The hard work, sweat, in vain. Today, my patriotism doubted, my skill set questioned and all the mudslinging -- it's the darkest day of my life."
Raj struck two consecutive half-centuries at the tournament before missing India's last group game against Australia due to a knee injury.
She was declared fit on the eve of the England semi-final but selectors declined to bring her back. But India’s skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said selectors opted to stay with the "winning combination".
Raj, 35, sent a letter to BCCI singling out Powar and other officials, claiming they were trying to destroy her career.
Powar briefed the BCCI on Wednesday about the behind-the-scenes tumult at the T20 tournament.
"I hope Mithali stops blackmailing, pressurising coaches and putting her interest first than the team," Powar wrote in a 10-page post-tournament brief for the BCCI, seen by AFP.
"I was saddened by her attitude and it gave me an impression that Mithali Raj comes first and then India. She threw a lot of tantrums and created a lot of chaos."
The BCCI is yet to comment on the issue.