Kaur, Joty willing to leave past behind
Harmanpreet Kaur, captain of India women's team, said she and her squad had moved on from the controversial incidents when they last faced Bangladesh as the two teams lock horns in the Asian Games semifinals in Hangzhou on Sunday.
"What happened has happened, and I think we should move forward," Kaur told reporters on Friday, alluding to the third and final ODI in Bangladesh in July where her act of dissent after getting out and criticizing umpiring during the presentation ceremony cost her a two-match suspension.
Bangladesh's quarter-final match against Hong Kong yesterday was called off due to rain, but the Tigresses proceeded to the next round on virtue of being the higher-ranked team.
India advanced in similar circumstances after their quarterfinals match against Malaysia was abandoned the day before.
Bangladesh skipper Nigar Sultana Joty, meanwhile, was unwilling to linger on the past as well. Asked if Bangladesh will have extra pressure against India, Joty responded, "No, we will treat it as just another match. It would have been preferable to play today, but we have recent experience playing against them [India], having won the previous time we faced them."
If rain continues to play spoilsport in that match, Bangladesh will be on the wrong side of the result due to ranking criteria.
"Look, no one has control over the weather. We will make the necessary preparations to succeed on the day," Joty stated.