In a significant setback, Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of the Indian Women’s Team, has been suspended for the next two international matches due to an on-field outburst during the third and final ODI against Bangladesh Women. The International Cricket Council (ICC) took action on Tuesday, suspending Harmanpreet Kaur for violating the Code of Conduct. The incident occurred during the third and final ODI when she was given out LBW, leading to her smashing the stumps with her bat in anger.
For her level 2 offense, she was fined 50 percent of her match fee and received three demerit points on her disciplinary record. Harmanpreet Kaur was found guilty of breaching Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for players and player support personnel, which pertains to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision.” Additionally, she received a separate Level 1 penalty, resulting in a 25 percent fine of her match fee and one demerit point, for publicly criticizing match officials. After her dismissal, Kaur had expressed strong dissatisfaction with the umpiring, terming it “pathetic.”
According to the ICC, Kaur admitted to the offenses, and “The Indian captain admitted the offenses and agreed to the sanctions proposed by Akhtar Ahmed of the Emirates ICC International Panel Match Referees. As a result, there was no need for a formal hearing, and the penalties were implemented promptly,” as stated by the ICC.