ICC suspends Harmanpreet Kaur for next two international games for breaching Code of Conduct

Harmanpreet has come under the scanner for her conduct in the third WODI against Bangladesh.

Harmanpreet Kaur lost her cool after being given out | ScreengrabInternational Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday (July 25) suspended India women's team skipper Harmanpreet Kaur for the next two international matches following two separate breaches of its Code of Conduct.

The incidents took place during the third Women’s ODI between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka on Saturday (July 22).

The first incident occurred when Harmanpreet expressed dissent following her dismissal by hitting the wickets with her bat after she was adjudged caught at slip off spinner Nahida Akter in the 34th over of India's innings.

“Kaur was fined 50 percent of her match fee for the Level 2 offence and received three demerit points on her disciplinary record,” ICC said in its official release.

She was found guilty of breaching article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, relating to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision”.

“Kaur was also fined 25 percent of her match fee for a Level 1 offence relating to "public criticism in relation to an incident occurring in an international match" when, during the presentation ceremony, Kaur openly criticised the umpiring in the match,” the statement further read.

Harmanpreet admitted the offences and agreed to the sanctions proposed by Akhtar Ahmed of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees. As a result, there was no need for a formal hearing, and the penalties were implemented promptly.

As per the ICC's rules, a Level 2 breach typically carries a penalty ranging from 50 to 100 percent of the player's match fee, and three or four demerit points, while a Level 1 breach entails a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, up to a maximum penalty of 50 percent of the player's match fee, and one or two demerit points.

In Kaur's case, the total of four demerit points converted to two suspension points, leading to her suspension from either one Test match or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first for the team.

(With ICC Inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 25 Jul, 2023

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