BAN vs IND: Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur likely to receive two-match ban following Dhaka outburst

BAN vs IND: Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur likely to receive two-match ban following Dhaka outburst
BAN vs IND: Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur likely to receive two-match ban following Dhaka outburst

BAN vs IND: Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur likely to receive two-match ban following Dhaka outburst

BAN vs IND: Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian skipper, is likely to face a penalty of four demerit points for her alleged poor on-field and off-field conduct during India’s third and final ODI against Bangladesh. She strongly expressed her frustration against what she perceived as “poor umpiring” both on the field and in the post-match presentation.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is yet to announce the final verdict or penalty, but Harmanpreet could potentially become the first-ever women’s player to be found guilty of a Level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct, which deals with player behavior. In the match against Bangladesh, Harmanpreet visibly displeased with an on-field umpire’s decision that resulted in her dismissal. She showed her frustration by smashing her bat on the stumps and making a protest gesture towards the umpire before leaving the field. Later, in a post-match interview, she criticized the umpiring standards in the series, calling them “pathetic.”

The match officials have recommended a total of three demerit points for damaging playing equipment and one demerit point for publicly criticizing match officials. The final decision lies with the ICC, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in discussions with the world governing body regarding the matter.

BAN vs IND: Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur likely to receive two-match ban following Dhaka outburst

According to ICC rules, when a player accumulates four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they face suspension points. Four to seven demerit points translate to two suspension points, resulting in a ban from one Test match, two ODIs, or two T20Is, depending on the player’s immediate schedule.

Harmanpreet previously earned a demerit point during the 2017 ODI World Cup semifinal against Australia. After completing a double century with a mix-up with her partner Deepti Sharma, Harmanpreet threw her helmet on the ground and exchanged words with Deepti. She accepted the Level 1 offense charge at that time.

The ICC’s latest list of code of conduct breaches, released on June 7 this year, includes 29 women cricketers who have found guilty. Veda Krishnamurthy is another Indian player to have found guilty on two occasions.

Instances of players breaking stumps in protest of umpire decisions have occurred before. A recent example occurred in men’s cricket in Bangladesh when Shakib al Hasan, the star all-rounder, fined and received a three-match suspension for kicking and uprooting the stumps in protest of an umpire’s leg-before-wicket decision during a Dhaka Premier League (DPL) match between Abahani Limited and Mohammedan Sporting Club.

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