India’s skipper Harmanpreet Kaur remains unapologetic after a two-match ban for dissent and criticism of umpires during a fiery ODI against Bangladesh. She asserts the right to express herself, citing fairness.
India’s cricket captain, Harmanpreet Kaur, remains unapologetic about her actions during a heated third One Day International (ODI) against Bangladesh in Dhaka last month. Despite being slapped with a two-match ban for her behavior, Kaur asserts that she has no regrets.
In an interview with The Cricket Paper, Kaur stated, “I will not say that I regret anything because at the end of the day as a player you want to see that fair things are happening. As a player, you always have the right to express yourself and what you’re feeling.” Kaur’s statements come as she participates in the Women’s Hundred, playing for the Trent Rockets.
During the tense Dhaka ODI, Kaur’s displeasure with the umpiring decisions was palpable. Following her dismissal, she vented her frustration by smashing the stumps with her bat. Moreover, during the post-match presentation, Kaur openly criticized the umpiring, labeling it “pathetic.” In another incident, when players from both teams gathered for end-of-series photographs, Kaur reportedly exclaimed, “bring the umpires too,” implying their bias towards the Bangladesh team.
These actions led to Kaur receiving a total of four demerit points: three for “showing dissent at an umpiring decision” and an additional one for “public criticism” of match officials. She also incurred fines amounting to 50% and 25% of her match fee for the two offenses. The accumulation of four or more demerit points within a 24-month period automatically triggers suspension points, translating into a ban from either one Test match, two ODIs, or two T20Is, depending on the player’s upcoming schedule.
As a consequence of the ban, Kaur will be absent from the first two matches of India’s campaign in the Asian Games T20 competition scheduled to take place in Hangzhou in September-October.
Following the controversial incident, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, Jay Shah, announced that BCCI president Roger Binny and National Cricket Academy director of cricket, VVS Laxman, would engage in a conversation with Harmanpreet Kaur. It remains to be seen how the governing body will address the matter going forward.
Despite the repercussions, Kaur’s unapologetic stance underscores the ongoing debate surrounding players’ rights to express their opinions and frustrations while maintaining respect for the spirit of the game.