The captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, Harmanpreet Kaur, has been banned from international competitions for two matches due to two separate breaches of the ICC’s Code of Conduct.
The breaches occurred during the third match of the women’s championship against Bangladesh in Dhaka. The first incident leading to her suspension occurred when Kaur expressed frustration after her dismissal. Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel specifically prohibits “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision”. As a consequence of this level 2 offence, a fine of 50% of her match fee was imposed upon her, and she received three demerit points on her disciplinary record.
A second code of conduct violation occurred during the awards ceremony. Kaur openly criticised the umpire’s decision during the game, which was considered a Level 1 offence related to “public criticism in relation to an incident occurring in an international match”. On account of this, a fine of 25% of her match fee was imposed on her, and she received one demerit point.
The sanctions imposed on Kaur underscore the ICC’s commitment to upholding the principles of fair play and competitive spirit in cricket.
Kaur, who pleaded guilty, accepted the sanctions proposed by the Panel of Match Referees. Therefore, no formal hearing was required, and the penalties were imposed immediately.