Harmanpreet received a two-game suspension due to a violation of the code of conduct

Harmanpreet Kaur and Nigar Sultana exchange team sheets at the toss, Bangladesh vs India, 2nd ODI, Mirpur, July 19, 2023© BCB

India Women’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been suspended by the ICC for the two upcoming international matches due to two different infractions to the ICC Code of Conduct during the last ODI against Bangladesh in the last few days.

Harmanpreet was initially fined 50 percent of the match fees and was awarded three demerit points as a result of an offense of Level 2 for disapproving of an umpire’s ruling. 

The incident took place in the 34th inning of the Indian cricket match after Harmanpreet, who was 34 years old, hit the stumps with her bat following her being exonerated by the umpire on the field.

The other breach took place in the ceremony that followed the match when Harmanpreet was criticized by the umpires during the match. The fine was 25% of the match fees, and was awarded one demerit point in the event of this offense. 

This meant that she was able to accept four demerit points that can be converted into two suspension points, which can result in players being exiled for one test or two ODIs, or two T20Is, whichever happens first for the individual.

The suspension will mean that Harmanpreet will miss India’s opening two matches at the Asian Games, scheduled to begin in September. India was directly able to qualify to play in the quarterfinals on their ranking Harmanpreet is expected to miss the quarterfinal match and also the semi-final should India can make it that far.

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