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Ind vs Ban T20I series: India women to travel Bangladesh with bitter memories

Ind vs Ban T20I series: India women to travel Bangladesh with bitter memories

India women are all set to travel to Bangladesh this month for a five-match T20I series. The last time they visited was back in 2023, however, the tour did not end on a good note. The two teams were then engaged in three ODIs and as many T20Is. While the ODI series was tied 1-1, India women won the T20I series.

Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur called umpiring ‘pathetic’ in Bangladesh. In the third ODI, when she was caught behind, she smashed the stumps with her bat and raised questions about umpiring standards in the post-match conference. For her inappropriate behaviour and statements, she was even banned for two matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“The next time whenever we are coming to Bangladesh, we’ll have to make sure we have to deal with this kind of umpiring and accordingly, we’ll have to prepare ourselves,” she said.

As reported by ESPN Cricinfo, when the players from both sides were lining up for post-series traditional photographs, Kaur shouted ‘Bring the umpires too’ hinting at umpires favouring the Bangladesh team. This statement did not go well with Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana, who walked off with her team.

“It is totally her [Kaur’s] problem. I have nothing to do with it. As a player, she could have shown better manners. I can’t tell you what happened, but it didn’t feel right to be there with my team. It wasn’t the right environment. That’s why we went back. Cricket is a game of discipline and respect.

“The umpires [Muhammad Kamruzzaman and Tanvir Ahmed] wouldn’t give her out if she wasn’t out … We have respected their decisions. The umpire’s decision is the final decision, whether I like it or not. Why didn’t we behave in that way?”

It is pertinent to mention that Sylhet will host all five T20Is. While day matches will begin at 2 PM Local, the night matches are scheduled for 6:30 PM Local. Out of five, three matches will be played at the main stadium while the remaining two will be played at the outer venue. It remains to be seen if the ice will melt between the two or if the series will begin heating from both sides.

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