India Captain Harmanpreet Kaur Handed Two-Match Ban For Umpire Dissent
By CricShots - Jul 25, 2023 8:43 pm
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India captain Harmanpreet Kaur faced the brunt of the International Cricket Council (ICC) as she was handed a two-match ban for showing dissent at the umpires during the third women’s ODI against Bangladesh in Mirpur. The ICC found Kaur guilty of two separate breaches of the ICC Code of Conduct, resulting in a fine of 75 percent of her match fees.

Harmanpreet Kaur
Behavior from Harmanpreet Kaur hasn’t been appreciated

The first incident occurred when Kaur, frustrated after her dismissal, hit the wickets with her bat. She was adjudged caught at slip off spinner Nahida Akter in the 34th over of India’s innings. For this Level 2 offence, Kaur received a fine of 50 percent of her match fee and three demerit points on her disciplinary record.

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Additionally, Kaur was fined 25 percent of her match fee for a Level 1 offence related to ‘public criticism in relation to an incident occurring in an international match.’ During the presentation ceremony, Kaur openly criticized the umpiring in the match, earning this penalty.


The outburst occurred during the third and final ODI against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. Kaur’s gesture after the leg-before-wicket decision by the umpire and her subsequent comments during the ceremony caused a stir in the cricketing world.

While gesturing that the ball had come off her bat, Kaur hit the stumps in frustration after the successful appeal by Nahida Akter. Despite a catch being taken at slip, Kaur expressed her dissatisfaction with the decision. During the presentation ceremony, Kaur continued to show her discontent, describing the umpiring as “pathetic” and making animated gestures. She even asked Bangladeshi counterpart Nigar Sultana to bring the umpires for a picture with the trophy.

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However, Sultana led her teammates away from Kaur and the Indian team, expressing her disappointment at the Indian captain’s behavior and lack of manners. As a result of the ICC’s decision, Harmanpreet Kaur will miss two international matches, and her actions during the match have brought significant repercussions for her and the Indian team.