Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian women’s team captain, stated that she has no regrets about her outburst towards the umpiring, during the third ODI between Bangladesh and Women in Blue on July 22, in Dhaka. She had made her displeasure known with her actions on the field, smashing the stumps with her bat, first and foremost, and then, calling the umpiring pathetic in the post-match presentation.
During the photograph session between Bangladesh and India cricket teams at Shere Bangla Stadium, Harmanpreet Kaur was heard saying, “Bring the umpires too,” implying that they are colluding with the hosts. The comment was not taken too kindly by the Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana, stating that she “could have shown better manners.”
The entire ordeal led to the 34-year-old receiving three demerit points for “showing dissent at an umpiring decision” and one demerit point for “public criticism” of match officials, which was separate from the fines imposed on her, amounting to 50% and 25% for both offences respectively. As a result, she got a two-match ban, which will make her unavailable for the first couple of fixtures for Team India during the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China.
While talking to The Cricket Paper, on the sidelines of the Women’s Hundred as a Trent Rockets player, Harmanpreet Kaur was quoted as saying, “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.”
“I don't think I said anything wrong to any player or any person. I just said what happened on the field. I don't regret anything," she further added.