Tribune News Service
Amritsar, July 30
“We played well throughout the ICC Women’s World Cup, but our prospects were marred in the last few overs of the final match against England,” said Harmanpreet Kaur, star batswoman of the national cricket squad. She arrived at Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport here today.
Her parents and leaders of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had come to receive her. Motivating parents to encourage girls to take up cricket or any other sport, the vice-captain of the Indian women’s cricket team asserted, “I have been supported by my parents. I request parents to persuade their wards to make career in cricket or any sport they like.”
The 28-year–old cricket star from Moga has hogged the limelight for her shining performance, especially her unbeaten knock of 171 in just 115 balls in the semifinal match against Australia.
Team India is focused on performing well in the upcoming series and they are putting their best, she said before leaving with her parents from the backside of the airport. Her departure left several people disappointed, who were eagerly waiting to meet her.
AAP volunteers, led by Kanwarpreet Singh Kaaki, president, Majha zone, Suresh Sharma, president of the Amritsar chapter, Pargat Singh, president rural, among others were present to felicitate the player. The party members alleged that the district administration, probably at the behest of the Congress-led state government, did not allow AAP leaders and volunteers to meet with the cricket star.
Suresh Sharma, district president of the Aam Adami Party, said, “No representative from the ruling Congress was there to welcome her. We were not allowed to meet her.”
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