Harmanpreet Kaur has been criticized after she smashed the stumps and took a verbal swipe at the umpires in Bangladesh.
Indian women’s cricket captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been criticized for setting a bad example for breaking the stumps and verbally swiping at the umpires during the match against Bangladesh.
Media reports said Kaur could be fined 75 percent of her match fee and face a two-game ban for her conduct in Saturday’s one-day international (ODI), which ended in a rare tie.
After umpire Tanveer Ahmed declared that he had been caught at slip during the match, Kaur smashed the stumps with his bat and responded to him before gesturing towards the crowd, ESPNcriinfo reported.
Kaur hit the stumps after being dismissed on 14 and later said the umpiring was pathetic.
She was heard telling her opposite number Nigar Sultana to invite the umpires on stage after the post-match presentation, forcing the Bangladesh players to opt out of a joint photo session.
“I have been watching cricket for a long time but no one has ever seen Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur behave like this after a match,” former women’s captain Diana Edulji wrote in her column in the Indian Express on Tuesday.
“She has set a bad example for her teammates. I say that because the juniors look up to the seniors and it affects the team culture over a period of time,” Edulji said.
It was sad to see Harmanpreet calling the umpires to pose with the Bangladesh team, suggesting that they are part of the team and playing for them.
If Harmanpreet Kaur’s gesture involved the bat, it was caught at slip. Break off unnecessary stumps.pic.twitter.com/V4aJKpu8or
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) July 22, 2023
Indian men’s World Cup winner Madan Lal also blasted Kaur.
Harmanpreet’s behavior against the Bangladesh women’s team was pathetic, Lal tweeted.
“She’s not bigger than the game. She has given Indian cricket a very bad name. BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) should take very strict disciplinary action.
Kaur is in danger of becoming the first female cricketer to be found guilty of a Level 2 breach of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) code of conduct, which deals with player conduct, ESPNcriinfo said.
Cricket analyst Anees Sajan told Indian broadcaster NDTV that Kaur’s behavior was disgraceful.
He said that BCCI and ICC should take action against them. “I think she should be banned for two matches.”