The meeting - in the presence of Vinod Rai, the head of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) - does not, however, appear to have ended the issue: a day after the meeting Harmanpreet sent an email to the CoA and the BCCI top brass reiterating the rationale behind not playing Raj, India's most experienced player, in the semi-finals of the WT20 and backing as well as Ramesh Powar as coach.
Kaur backed her defense of the seemingly-outgoing coach by stating Powar's involvement was imperative with the next edition of the T20 World Cup only 15 months away.
The situation in the women's cricket team has been very delicate since Mithali was not included in the playing XI against England in the semi-final of the World T20 last month. "The way he has transformed us as a team, I feel no reason to replace him", Harmanpreet wrote in the letter which is in PTI's possession.
Mithali went on to accuse Powar and COA member Diana Edulji of trying to destroy her and having a bias against her.
The situation involving Powar and Mithali flared up when Powar admitted that his professional relationship with Mithali was strained as he always found her aloof and hard to handle. Mithali said while Powar humiliated her during the ICC Women's World T20, Edulji used her position against her.
Sir Ramesh Powar not only improved us as players but also did motivate us to set targets and challenge our own limits.
"How will this new women's team's contract will be valid when the CoA's tenure is over and Rai has to hand over control to the new management?", a BCCI official asked. He has changed the face of Indian women's cricket, both technically and strategically. The decision was entirely based on cricketing logics and observation from the past. "He has inculcated in us the sense of winning". "Keeping in mind the need of the hour, me, Smriti, selector Sudha Shah and the coach together in the presence of our manager felt that we should go ahead with the winning combination", the letter further added before urging the BCCI to allow Powar to continue as coach.
"And I believe it should have come to your understanding that the intent was not personal but entirely based for the welfare of the team".
Endorsing Harmanpreet's views, Mandhana said the decision to leave out Mithali was unanimous. "His one to one connect each player has led to clarity in roles for all players and made everyone believe that they are match victor in his short tenure with the team (sic)".
"Since the introduction of Powar, he along with the support staff has boosted our confidence as a team which has helped us win 14 consecutive T20 matches". "Ramesh sir has changed the intent of the players and given everyone confidence to express their selves on the field to their fullest". However, the former all-rounder can re-apply for the top job. "It's important for Indian cricket's growth that everybody is on the same page and I believe that any differences can be amicably resolved via discussion".